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I Spy

Uploaded: Apr 19, 2014
My son loves looking at "I Spy" books. Whenever we walk into the children's section of his favorite bookstore, it's not long before he starts repeating "I spy. I spy. I spy"

My son loves these books because there is bound to be a truck, train, plane or car on almost every page. I enjoy them because I remember reading the books and playing the game as a kid. And they are not as repetitive as some of the other children's books... you can always find something new to point to on each page.

My husband got a kick out of these books when he asked my son where the phone was. Rather than point to the rotary phone (which my son has never seen in his life), he thought for a bit and then pointed to a blue rectangular block. Well, yes, that was the closest thing to a smartphone on the page!

What "mistakes" have your children made that are not actually mistakes at all, just a generation gap?

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Posted by Mother of 4, a resident of Palo Verde School,
on Apr 19, 2014 at 9:12 am

I loved the I Spy books as a child, didn't know they still made them. Several of our picture books started looking old fashioned by the time our youngest started looking at them!

I remember one toddler bringing me the tv remote while I was changing a baby diaper and telling me that a pot on the stove was bubbling over. He thought I could control the stove from the bedroom with the remote! Now that would be a good idea.


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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Almanac Online blogger,
on Apr 19, 2014 at 10:18 am

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Mother of 4 - Thanks for sharing! Yes, that would be a good idea. What a clever boy.


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Posted by Mom, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Apr 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

I'm glad to know I Spy books are still popular - I have two board books with the classic story, but one page printed twice...

Is it like coins, they are in mint condition LOL

Of course, it comes from I Spy with my little eye...(free game)


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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Almanac Online blogger,
on Apr 20, 2014 at 1:39 pm

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Mom - Thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, the I Spy game is lots of fun. I enjoyed playing it with my preschoolers when they were waiting for their parents to pick them up after school. Great free entertainment.


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Posted by LJ, a resident of another community,
on Apr 24, 2014 at 1:03 pm

It is fun to try to think of generation gap gaffs. Today on public radio, there was a piece on endangered sounds. I didn't know that there are museums set up to preserve these sounds. Web Link


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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Almanac Online blogger,
on Apr 24, 2014 at 2:29 pm

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LJ- Thanks for sharing. I watched the clip with my son...he loved it! It was fun to hear all the sounds that seemed so common not too long ago. What an interesting idea for a museum.



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