This earthworm is my all time favorite toddler toy. Made from solid wood, it stretches rolls, twists, and, with a bit of manipulation can be used to massage an aching muscle.
Stars at Night Lightweights by Djeco ($7.99)
Brighten any room or party with this set of beautifully designed paper stars. Djeco makes sets of several varieties including dragons, fish and cats.
One Gorilla by Anthony Browne (Candlewick Press, $16.99)
On each page of this over-sized book for toddlers is a vibrantly illustrated drawing of primates complete with various very realistic facial expressions.
Seeing Trees by Nancy Ross Hugo (Timber Press, $29.95)
Seeing Flowers by Teri Dunn Chace (Timber Press, $29.95)
These two volumes are filled with the photography of Robert Llewellyn in which our natural world is magnified to present a detail to each that creates an unworldly beauty.
Janet Elfant, July 2014