WE ARE P.S. 87! I GOT ALL MY SEXUALLY AMBIGUOUS CARTOON CHARACTERS WITH ME!

The tolerance-promoting video that intolerant Americans latched onto as evidence that SpongeBob might be one of "the gays" (which would be ironic, as we believe he reproduces asexually) has been screened for the first-graders at our very own neighborhood school, P.S. 87 - and, according to the Daily News, it's a hit.

JOLLY GOOD, BECAUSE IT'S SO, WELL, JOLLY

Maira Kalman was already one of our favorite creators of children's books, as she has a great sensibility for smart Fellows and Girls. (We especially recommend "Next Stop Grand Central.") Then we got a look at her illustrated London travel guide for kids in last Sunday's TIMES, and now we appreciate her even more. She has a knack for focusing on small details that will fascinate traveling kids, while never overlooking the forest; for example, Big Ben is experienced as a sight seen from a double-decker bus, the Cabinet War Rooms is represented by a green scrambler phone, and the King Henry VIII-and-his-six-wives Fine Mint chocolate bar is called "happy and sad at the same time."

March 23, 2005 | Permalink | Subscribe to RSS

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