Sunday, June 01, 2008

Blogography: Occasionally Child-Safe!

One of the very few blogs in all the world that I read every single entry of (even if sometimes I get behind and have to spend a little while catching up with), and have for the last three years or so, is Blogography. The appeal of Dave's varied and entertaining showcase of creativity was an instant "click" with me, and this fondness has not worn off one bit as time's gone by. A large part (though not all, by any means) of the attraction, for me, are the toons. The DaveToons. They're fantastic, and I appreciate the aesthetic--clean, spare, geometric, and simple, but able to convey volumes.

The very first time I visited Webkinz World with my daughter, I thought of Dave. It's the animation. And I wasn't the only one--the first time Bella saw a Webkinz monkey in animation form, she said, "That looks like Bad Monkey!" Of course, we PREFER Bad Monkey, but there is a slight resemblance. So when we spotted a rare, retired Webkinz monkey in plush form, it was only natural that we'd want to send it to live with Dave. Bella wrote him a (kind of bossy, IMO) letter--in all caps, even--instructing him on how to adopt his new pet, and we popped him in a box and sent him on a 2,300-mile journey from Arkansas to Washington. He arrived in good condition, and Dave blogged about him.

This, as you can imagine, delighted a certain preschooler, and I documented her reaction as she read Dave's blog entry about his new "pet."


Bella Reads Blogography from Belinda Miller on Vimeo.

23 comments:

  1. Sweet Fancy Moses woman. At what grade level is she reading?!
    You guys are SOOOOOO gonna have your work cut out for you in about 10 years.
    ;-)

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  2. "I think he's very smart. Like super genius smart."

    I'd like to add my sentiment about Bella to that. She is SUPER GENIUS SMART.

    Can we get her a t-shirt that reads that?

    Yowza, her reading is GREAT.
    Awesome job, Bella!

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  3. Mandy--I have no idea, but she starts kindergarten in the fall. THEY are going to have their hands full with her at least some of the time!

    Mochaaaaahhh--If you pop over and read Dave's entry, you'll see that HE claims to be super-genius smart. Obviously, we need a DaveToon on a t-shirt, bearing this legend, no?

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  4. SOOOOO adorable! And um, seriously? She's reading at about an 8th grade level, which is better than 75% of adult Americans. I'll bet she can whip us at geography, too! :)

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  5. Okay, if she's reading like that, I'm sending her some Beverly Cleary ASAP!!

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  6. i just hope that my monkey won't starve to death while I'm traveling. I can only imagine logging into WebKinz world and finding a big ol' tombstone in the middle of the garden I just planted.

    Bella's reading skills are better than mine. I'd imagine that puts her at a level of super genius. Congratulations on that!

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  7. Bella needs to polish her accent or she faces being thrown out of AR.

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  8. She's amazing. Can I be her teacher? Please? Pretty please?

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  9. I think I'll be sending your child some Voltaire in the original French. Maybe she can figure out what he's talking about.

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  10. Good grief. I have never heard a child at that age read with that INFLECTION -- and that includes my own -- who happens to BE a super genius his own right. This made me teary-eyed, just so you know. She is amazing. And so sweet. And beautiful. And wonderful. And I love her so.

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  11. That's ME above! Didn't mean to be anonymous!

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  12. That's one of the coolest, sweetest things I've ever seen!!!

    Your child IS a genius!!! She may be running the world in a few years...good gravy...I can't believe she can read like that!!!

    And I used to think YOU were the smart one!!! ; )

    Lisa

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  13. Ok, finally just listened to this, and GOOD LORD!

    That child isn't even in kindergarten yet, Belinda!! I have a feeling she may skip some grades...

    I may make my 8 year old listen to this...just to shame her into applying herself!! :)

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  14. Unreal! What great footage!! How old is she again!!??
    And thanks for the tip on the blog... I am off to check out!!
    Best,
    Audrey

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  15. I must start this comment off by telling you what a FANTASTIC reader Bella is. Seriously. And reading aloud, too. If only the middle school kids I worked with could do this.

    She really is fantastic.

    What would you estimate for her reading level? I'd LOVE to make some book recommendations but I want to send her appropriate materials. What books has she read recently that she enjoyed?

    CAC

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  16. VIDEO Bella is about a million times cuter than photo Bella. I had no idea. It's too much.

    And I had never visited Dave's site before, but I think I'm going to be a new fan.

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  17. She's going into KINDERGARTEN?! That's some amazing reading going on there. She reminds me of, well, me when I was her age.

    Now I need to get some Webkinz.

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  18. She is just so prescious and wow! supersmart!!!

    ~tracy~

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  19. and I am NOT supersmart as I can NOT spell...
    ;)

    ~tracy~

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  20. Can Bella homeschool my kids???
    Good Golly that child is a genius. You are one awesome Mama to have taught her so well. That one is going places!!
    Love your blog.
    KH

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  21. holy crow! She reads well! She is going to be smarter than you. WATCH out. I have one of those..she is 14 going on 30 now.

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