Inspiring children for more than 50 years is Miroslav Sasek’s wonderful collection of This Is children’s books.Born in Prague in 1916, M.Sasek worked as a painter and illustrator for most of his life.Beginning with This is Paris (published in 1958) the stories he wrote painted a delightful and evocative picture of some of the world’s great cities and countries.
The books stick to the same format throughout the series, most are oversize hardbacks with illustrated dust-jackets. There is usually an illustration of (presumably) Sasek himself going to wherever the book is set on the bottom left inside cover and a similar illustration on the bottom right inside cover which shows him leaving with some kind of local souvenir.
The highlights of each destination are presented in vivid colour through the rest of the book with an emphasis on tourist attractions, local transport and national dress.
Written between 1959 and 1974 , the style is reminiscent of the period, while remaining still noteworthy today.
The books today are being lovingly reprinted and are delighting another generation of children. The This Is range is available from children’s boutiques.
Think your Granny’s old crochet blankets are outdated? Think again! Crochet is back and more beautiful than ever. Pretty pastels or rainbow brights – take your pick, they’re all good!
Whether you are decorating a room for a teenager, child or baby, you can’t go wrong with crochet. It’s colourful, whimsical and cosy! The good news is that crochet blankets are very in at the moment, so it won’t be too hard to find one that you love.
Need some suggestions on where to buy a beautiful crochet blanket?
The Children’s Department loves:
1) Rainbow Blanket by O.B. Designs available at Infancy
2) Crochet Blanket available at Jumbled Online
3) Nora Crochet Blanket by Weegoamigo available at The Little Linen Company
4) Crochet Blanket in three colours by Infancy
5) Baciare Handmade Crochet Blanket by Jole’ Home available at Jole’ Home
Images Via: 1) Las Teje Y Maneje 2) O.B. Designs 3) Jumbled Online 4) Weegoamigo at The Little Linen Company 5) Infancy 6) Jole’ Home
With so many children’s books in the marketplace, its hard to find one that is perfectly suited to meet the needs of newborns. The recently released book Mesmerised is one such book!
Mesmerised is the brainchild of extremely talented Australian graphic designer Katey Love. Inspired by her first daughter’s early love of black and white imagery, Katey decided to produce an Australian-designed book of graphics specifically for babies under the the Books For Newborns label.
Mesmerised has been specifically tailored to cater for babies and their visual needs. Research has clearly shown that newborn babies respond and are attracted better to high-contrast patterns than to colour or brightness alone, making black and white options the obvious choice.
The patterns/images found within the 18 pages of this extraordinary book have been designed to further enhance a child’s interest and thus are very successful in capturing and maintaining a baby’s attention.
We just love the fact that this beauty was designed by a fantastic Aussie mother!
This book is certainly aptly named as it will indeed keep your little one entertained, stimulated and ‘mesmerised’! Perfect for ‘tummy time’ nappy changes and quiet time in the cot.
This is a great present choice for any new bundle of joy! As a new baby gift for a friend or relative…or as a gift for your own new baby, this is one of the best choices available in the marketplace!
Available Online from Infancy
Other Fabulous Black and White Products For Newborns
It’s almost a decade since Donna Schneider launched the Ouch Clothing range in Australia, and Infancy has been a loyal fan and stockist from day one.
Hugely popular with kids and parents alike.The Ouch clothing range offers a modern range of clothing and accessories which can be worn and combined to to create a unique look.
The Ouch clothing label is mischievous, charming and full of imagination, with great emphasis on individual styling, detail and quality.
Through a mix of prints, colours and fabrics each child will be available to find themselves in this playful and creative collection.
Ouch clothing is available at our three Infancy store locations or online at Infancy.
FRENCH BULL’s debut in January of 2002 marked the return of melamine but with a modern spin. The classic material known for it’s durability and striking color was given a makeover boasting the bold pop culture signature style of designer Jackie Shapiro.
After graduating from Parson’s School of Design majoring in fashion, Jackie landed in Italy, working for Milan’s innovative fashion house, Fiorucci. It was here where she began breathing life into familiar images with her graphic style grounded in color and steeped in imagination.
The idea for French Bull came about by a desire to create homeware products for design conscious consumers at accessible prices. Though the line began with melamine kitchen products, French Bull is a lifestyle brand whose boundaries have become as limitless as the spectrum of color it works from.
Melamine itself is resistant to high heat, shatterproof, and an ideal ground for pattern. The durability and functionality of the material is perfect for indoor or outdoor entertaining, everyday use and is completely safe for children.
The French Bull range is available across the Infancy stores or available from Infancy online, prices start from just $8.00
Rock Your Baby certainly knows how to brighten a dull winter day – and this week at Infancy the young men in our lives are being treated with some fabulous new items .
For the superhero’s, we have new tees and sloppy joes.
Get revved up with the new ‘Moto’ tee with a coll motorbike graphic across the front.
Cool skinny jeans in sapphire blue and black – perfect for coordinating with the entire Rock Your Baby range.
The Rock Your Baby range is available in sizes 1-7 and available at our online store or across the 3 Infancy stores in the inner west.
We have been fans of the Petite Papinelle range for the last few seasons- especially their sweet bloomers for babies.
It is exciting to see this week the release of their winter collection that has just landed at the Infancy stores.
Classic and fresh rainbow stripes in baby rompers and jumpers, a super range of classic striped baby rompers, and super soft leopard print baby booties.
Looking for a unique high quality themed lamp for a child’s bedroom? Welcome to the world of the famous Heico lamps- hand finished themed lamps, now available at our Infancy Stores or online baby shop.
These delightful lamps are made in the heart of Germany, in a timeless process involving hand crafted designs and moulding of the highest standard.
The Heico lamps have no visible seam, and are hand crafted from high quality and robust moulded resin, and each light offers a lovely ambient light for your children’s bedroom.
After hours of intensive and largely manual crafting, each lamp is hand painted to the highest standard.
A unique and stunning gift and something to be treasured for a life time.