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  • A letter from Sparkhead kids for February 2016

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    Hello, We’re wrapping up Valentine’s Day and Family Day celebrations here at Sparkhead Kids. This year for Valentine’s Day Dimitri and I visited Yasu on Harbord Street in Toronto. Yasu is a high end sushi restaurant that seats only 12 guests at a time. Its a very cool experience as you are watching two master chefs practice their […]

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  • It’s time to get cozy and snuggle

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    The last of autumn’s leaves are letting go and the chilly days ahead mean we’re pressing the pause button on many outdoor activities. But that’s o.k. Nature encourages us to catch our breath over the winter. The great outdoors wouldn’t be nearly as brilliant and cheerful without taking a long winter’s nap courtesy of Jack […]

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  • The perfect excuse for reading

    Coyote and Frog chapter book by sparkehadkids.com

    Shorter days offer the perfect excuse for turning in early with a big pile of books. Maybe you’re snuggling with a little one and that pile includes Sparkhead Kids’ The Fable of Frog and Coyote. Maybe – after the aforementioned little one has drifted off to sleep – a different pile includes the latest thriller, […]

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  • Exciting news from Sparkhead Kids!

    Coyote and Frog chapter book by sparkehadkids.com

    You’d have to look pretty far to find two more entertaining characters than Sparkhead Kids’ Frog and Coyote. They’re each featured on their own cushion and – drumroll, please – they now star in the first of our new series of animal fable picture books! The first book is (not surprisingly) called “The Fable of […]

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  • Our friend Trickster Coyote

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    Poor Wile E. Coyote, Looney Tunes’ hapless pursuer of Roadrunner. He never achieved his goal and he never grasped the futility of his efforts. In our more activist-centric present, coyotes around the world might unite to protest Wile E.’s portrayal of their breed. Because, as most native cultures show, it’s coyote that’s the trickster. Or, […]

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  • The story of storytelling

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    Storytelling was and is everywhere.When writers refer to prehistoric times, they mean before history was recorded – on cave walls, on clay tablets or even on vases. But evidence suggests storytelling itself was part of prehistoric times. Identical symbols scratched into prehistoric tools found thousands of miles from each other indicate a shared communication about […]

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  • The gratitude attitude

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    Sometimes it’s just 30 days, other times it’s a whopping 100 days. It’s usually referred to as a gratitude project and the object of it is to pointedly express gratitude for a certain number of days as a way to shift focus to the good things in life. Studies have shown that even the tiniest […]

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  • The great and mighty yes

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    Some of the planet’s most creative people were trained to say yes to whatever came their way. Actors ranging from Laurence Olivier to Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Johnny Depp are of the “yes” school of performing. They were trained to react affirmatively to the stimuli presented to them. The result is a more authentic response and […]

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  • Emerald Bear and Golden Moose standing by

    We definitely don’t want to rush anything, but there’s a certain season, whose name shall not be mentioned here, on its way. That season features climatological phenomena like cold temperatures that can lead to frozen crystals falling from the sky. During this unnamed season, some animals – like bears and moose – grow an extra […]

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  • Silly is as silly does

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    Parents want to do whatever they can to prepare their kids for joyful, purposeful lives. New research suggests that a well-developed sense of humor is connected to happier and more optimistic children with strong self-esteem. Furthermore (please say this out loud in a formal British accent a la Monty Python), additional research indicates that a […]

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  • Your place in the universe

    Ah, the African dung beetle, so lowly and yet so well regarded. Even though they’re situated very near the bottom rung of the food chain, scientists are quite fascinated by African dung beetle behaviour and new findings are frequently announced. Most recently, it was determined that African dung beetles are only able to find their […]

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  • Lucky Frog and lucky us

    Frog Print by sparkheadkids.com

    According to many cultures’ storytelling traditions, all water rites belong to frogs. They’re considered rainmakers and they teach us to honor the tears that cleanse our souls. Because water is so important to survival, frogs are considered good luck in many cultures. You don’t get to be in charge of something as important as water […]

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  • Tricks and treats from our friend Trickster Coyote

    Poor Wile E. Coyote, Looney Tunes’ hapless pursuer of Roadrunner. He never achieved his goal and he never grasped the futility of his efforts. In our more activist-centric present, coyotes around the world might unite to protest Wile E.’s portrayal of their breed. Because, as most native cultures show, it’s coyote that’s the trickster. Or, […]

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  • Starting the new year with a new product line!

    Inspired by our upcoming book “Campfire Tales”. These lumber pillows are just the start of our product line “Campfire Tales”. Available in February.

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  • Time is what clocks measure

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    “Two contrasting viewpoints on time divide many prominent philosophers. One view is that time is part of the fundamental structure of the universe – a dimension independent of events, in which events occur in sequence. Sir Isaac Newton subscribed to this realist view, and hence it is sometimes referred to as Newtonian time.[20][21] The opposing view is that time does not refer to any kind of “container” that […]

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