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In what might or might not be related to last week’s post, most of us have colds. See you next week.

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Yesterday we went for a walk in the woods, fooled by beautiful autumn weather. When we were entering the woods, a few drops of rain fell but we looked up and only saw an innocent little cloud so we decided to carry on. Of course, when we were in the middle of our walk, the rain started pouring and we got soaked through. Still, a fun walk. (Also, we were occupied with parenting duties all through the weekend hence this shortened post.)

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On Saturday we took a day off and made a family trip to the local zoo in Gdańsk. The weather was just right and we had a great time. In the souvenir stand we found an interesting book that we’re sharing with you today: Planeta zoo (The Zoo Planet), which tells a bit of a history of zoological gardens and introduces various animals from Gdańsk’s zoo. The book tells interesting stories about the animals living in the zoo and will make our next trip so much more informed for our son, who will know the names of some of the animals. It is illustrated by Grażyna Rigall, whose watercolor illustrations have quite a lot of character and include funny little details.

We particularly like the zoo’s effort to publish a customized souvenir, which is thoughtful, informative and well-executed. Too often local tourist attractions don’t use the material they have to self-promote: their own exhibits and buildings. We would expect similar publications in each museum and fun spot. So many creative people could be hired for that and so many lovely objects could be made as a result.

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This was a long weekend here and we didn’t do a lot of work. Instead we borrowed a plant atlas from the library and we tried to identify local weeds in it to create a herbarium with our son(s). Sometimes it’s hard.

It is a lot of fun though and makes you pay more attention to the greenery around (also makes you realize how few plant names you know). Long ago in elementary school I had to do this as a big homework and that might have been the only homework that ever taught me anything. So yeah, highly recommended.

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So yes, we’re still swamped but it’s high time for a proper post. This time we wanted to share one of our relatively recent book acquisitions, a picture book Here is the Baby by Polly Kanevsky, illustrated by Taeeyun Yoo.

The book tells a very simple story of a baby boy on his day with his family (and especially his dad) as he goes through the routine of meals, a walk, a bath, play and sleep. The very simplicity of the text underscores the actual experience of taking care of a baby, while giving it a touching, sweet quality (we saw online some people didn’t like the text but we find it both honest and poetic with the rhythm and no rhymes).

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The illustrations have a classic, deceptively simple character but manage to gorgeously capture the everyday warmth of family life. They almost shine with domestic light. If there’s one expression to describe the book heart-warming would be the closest. And yep, we probably wouldn’t have cared for it all that much before we had our own baby but now we not only admire the illustrations but find so much truth in the mood of this book. (Though, admittedly, it does not cover teething. Ugh, teething.)

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The illustrations are somewhat old-school, reminding us of really old children books we used to have in childhood.

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We have to admit though that this book might be more interesting to parents than babies. Our son always picks Walk this World over anything.

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(And as an unrelated sidenote, there are promotions all week long over on Society6, where you can buy our posters and some other gadgets.)