Playtime Reads

Down to the Studio with Mr. Van Dusen

You wouldn’t know it from Chris Van Dusen’s popular 2009 children’s book, The Circus Ship, but the true story of the shipwreck is a tragic one. There was a fire, too few lifeboats, a few horses that escaped to shore, … Continue reading

Tinker Toys

  It’s that time of year when the classic holiday movie A Christmas Story airs on television. When Ralphie, the main character, is asked by his mother what he would like for Christmas, he responds, “I guess I would just … Continue reading

Lincoln Logs

The son of one of the world’s most famous architects was inspired by his father’s commission in Japan. In 1916 John Lloyd Wright worked as Frank Lloyd Wright’s chief assistant on the design of Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel. The goal was … Continue reading