Gift Guide: Movies for a 7-Year-Old Girl (Hayao Miyazaki!)

Kiki’s Delivery Service is a great all-ages, family friendly animated movie with a strong female heroine. No princesses here!

We received the following Gift Guide request on our Request a Review page recently, so we’re answering that today:

Fair Play – ideas for a birthday present for a 7 year old girl?

Short, and to the point! Why yes, we do have some ideas. In particular, a new movie. Maybe packaged with some cocoa or movie snacks. Perhaps we are projecting our own desires right now, sitting in our office while it is sleeting out. In any event, today we’re going to talk about a few films by Hayao Miyazaki, an extremely talented film director, writer, and animator. His films have a uniquely beautiful visual style and a thoughtful, methodical pace to the storytelling. He generally incorporates a cast of strong heroines and gender-fair roles. Today we’ll focus on three in particular that we think are good choices for a young audience (girls AND boys).

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Songs, stories, and silliness: All things Jessie Modic

Jessie Modic’s three song & story album are wonderful lessons in folk music for children

We don’t talk too frequently about music here on Fair Play, and that’s mostly because there are so many great things to review for children, we don’t get to everything. It is probably also because we have the musical taste of a child stuck in the 1990s. You might remember Fair Play’s defense of Taylor Swift in which we revealed some personal details about our musical taste and discussed the importance of musical role models for preteens and teenagers. Today, by recommendation of our Fair Play Aunt, we have three excellent albums to review by Jessie Modic.

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New Year, New Babies: Talking about Babies and Gender

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How important is it that you know whether this little baby is a boy or a girl – immediately?

I was out at a bar with Fair Play Boyfriend and some of his friends not terribly long ago when the following exchange occurred:

Fair Play Boyfriend: So do you know if it is a boy or a girl?
FPBF’s friend: We’re not going to find out. You don’t get too many surprises in life.

I was floored.

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New Year, New Babies: Shopping for Newborns (Gift Guide!)

This beautiful (and affordable!) rocking horse would be a fun addition to a baby bedroom!

It’s true that new babies can be born any time of the year, but it’s fun to talk about them this time of the year when the new year is still fresh and the weather outside is gloomy. We also got a Gift Guide letter about this, so why not? File this one away for the next new baby in your life if you don’t find it to be timely. Anyway, unless you’ve actually had a newborn child of your very own, it can be kind of daunting to shop for one. It can also be one of the most difficult arenas in which to fight the gender-fair battle. There is a lot of pink and blue, and also a lot of CUTE! So be forewarned, you will need to approach your shopping with your gender-fair mantras in-hand (in-brain?). Let’s take a look at some of the options.

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Happy New Year! Fair Play Joins 2013

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Hi everyone and welcome to 2013! Oh, that happened last week? My apologies, we were on “vacation,” also known as school is out of session, so more time to work. School is back in session, we are back in the office, and Fair Play is back on schedule. Today’s post is more of a preview of what to expect for 2013, or at least the first half of 2013. Read on, and leave your requests!

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