UPDATE: SIR, CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE "FRENZY"?

The New York Sun apparently had a reporter at the same District 3 Community Education Council meeting we attended last week. Their front-page article today following up on the session doesn't have much new to report, but the paper did get its hands on the OLSAT practice book which will eventually become available to all applicant families, and, oh boy, there's trouble already.

You'd need to see the illo from the prep book in the Sun to fully grasp this, but there's a sample question asking a child to ID which of four pictures shows a child helping her father "make the house look new." In one photo, dad and daughter are planting a garden; in another, they're painting the sides of the house. (Two other choices are irrelevant.) So, is the answer the painting or the planting? If you said, painting, proceed to Kindergarten, but the answer sure isn't as immediately obvious as the three-year-olds tend to like it.

Beyond that, the Sun focuses on the expected "frenzy" around the new tests, in a bid to terrify its breeding readers worthy of New York magazine:

Karen Trott, who lives on the West Side and has a 4-year-old daughter who will take the Gifted and Talented tests this year, said she would probably use the practice test to help her daughter prepare, even though she doesn't agree with the testing format. She believes a standardized, multiple-choice test is not a good way to accurately reflect the intelligence of small children.

"I just hate it. I've looked at the test and I haven't shown it to my daughter, I still haven't decided and I haven't hired anyone to teach it to her," she said. "But everyone else is going to run out and do it, so you feel foolish not to."

ON NEWSSTANDS NOW

K14boopcorduroy Freelance Dad, a.k.a. Gary Drevitch, wrote the lead item for Time Out New York Kids' Sept./Oct. issue Books section, on the return of Corduroy the plucky department-store bear, who is now in bookstores in his first full-length story since creator Don Freeman died nearly 30 years ago. We interviewed Corduroy's new author about taking the reins of an iconic series, and we also gave her product, Corduroy Lost and Found, a positive review. And then there's a sidebar, in which we took a look at several other classic children's series which have been revived since their creators' deaths. When we saw the sidebar in the magazine, we were surprised to read that we're more partial to the Berenstain Bears than we imagined, but so it goes. . .

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PICTURES ARE READY

Little Guy is now almost two months old and it turns out, once he gets around to opening his baby blues, he's quite photogenic. About a half-dozen new pieces of evidence now posted in the See the Kids area.

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