“Renoir—A Coloring Book” contains some of the most beautiful paintings by Renoir, and what’s fun is that you, too, can paint and color in the book yourself.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir started his career painting on porcelain, but when the porcelain factory shut down he decided to become an independent painter. He did not find widespread approval during his lifetime, and he lived a life of poverty. Today he is is considered a master painter. Just get out your favorite paints and away you go to create your own masterpieces.

“Ada Twist, Scientist,” written by Andrea Beatty, is a very clever story. Ada lives with her parents, and everyone is very concerned about Ada because she doesn’t talk. But one day, when she turned 3, she started talking. Mostly she started to ask questions like: Why? Where? Why not? When? How?

My family took the Bottle Battle Zume Game to the beach with us this summer. We almost didn’t take it because my parents thought we wouldn’t have room in the car for it. As it turned out, it didn’t take up much space and we were all so happy we’d brought it. The game was lots of fun and we all played many hours on the beach with it. It was easy to set up, but my cousins and I used lighter plastic toys, instead of the bottles. It was easier for us to throw the disc and knock them down. When the adults played, they used the bottles that came with the game, and that worked well for them.