WE'VE SAID IT BEFORE: WE DON'T CONSIDER OURSELF TO BE ONE OF "THE CRAZY PARENTS" WORRIED THAT OUR KIDS WILL PLUMMET TO THEIR DEATH FROM THE PLAYGROUND SLIDE. BUT THE AMUSEMENT PARKS, THEY CONTINUE TO GIVE US PAUSE   

And this just in from Stockton, CA: A six-year-old falls to his death from a ferris wheel at a county fair.

OK, YOU HAVE TO GET PAST THE INEXPLICABLE HIRING OF DAVID BLAINE AS THE CELEBRITY ENDORSER, BUT ONCE YOU DO, THIS IS A GREAT PROGRAM

You don't have to ask us twice to sing the praises of the New York Public Library's children's activities. We've already thrown ourselves into the 2006 version of the outstanding Summer Reading Program. Stop by your local branch library and register your child now for the full set of summer activities and corporate-sponsored giveaways. Our branch started the season with a mini-read-a-thon: As soon as we filled up a sheet listing about 10 books each kid had read (Fellow) or had read to them (Tiny), they presented it at the neighborhood Barnes and Noble where they could each choose his or her own free copy of a popular paperback book. Tough to beat that.

As for Blaine, he slipped out of his straitjacket and chains long enough to share his love of literacy and enclosed spaces:

Blaine spoke to children gathered in the reading room of the Brooklyn Public Library Park Slope Library, the very room where he first developed a love of magic.

"My Mom was on her own and had to work several jobs, so I came here and read about Houdini and other magicians. In this library, I got lost in the world of books and developed a love for magic," said the world-famous magician. "I can tell you from my life's experience: Books are a treasure and the library is truly a magical place."

REGULAR READERS OF THIS SITE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT HE DOESN'T GET THIS FROM US

This morning was kindergarten graduation, and it was quite a scene: Each child read from the "books" they had written about their first year in school; there was a musical performance (God bless them, they memorized the entire 12 months full of "Chicken Soup and Rice" songs); and, of course, the presentation of diplomas. The highlight, though, was after the formal ceremony, when blank pieces of construction paper had been set up around the room, one for each child, for classmates to write messages to each other (or dictate them to their parents to write). Fellow led us around the room, insisting that we write something nice to each kid for him - at one point, we suggested that he didn't have to write something to everyone, and he looked at us with shock and alarm: "But it wouldn't be fair to the other kids if I didn't write something to everybody!" And so he stopped at every paper and pondered the essence of each peer before dictating, "Tell her, 'I like you hair,'" or, "Say, 'I like your smile,'" or, "I love your artwork."

It was quite touching -- and, we imagine, the exact opposite of a high-school yearbook signing party.

"WELL, LAST WEEK WE SHOWED YOU HOW TO BECOME A GYNAECOLOGIST. AND THIS WEEK ON 'HOW TO DO IT' WE'RE GOING TO SHOW YOU HOW TO PLAY THE FLUTE . . . YOU BLOW THERE AND YOU MOVE YOUR FINGERS UP AND DOWN THERE."

Fellow's kindergarten teachers are clearly fans of the famous Monty Python sketch. As an end-of-the-year project, they had each student make their own "How To" book. Fellow's was typical of the set:

"How to Drive a Space Shuttle or Rocket Ship"
by Small Fellow

First you get the rocket ship or space shuttle.
  Then you get on the ship.
  Then you go to the moon.

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