Day 2 in New York City

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Waiting for the Delacorte Clock to strike eleven.

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The reason we went to see this was this penguin, who features prominently in “I am Pangoo”, a book Leo got this summer. The penguin didn’t talk to Leo, but he thinks he saw him move a little bit.

Leo being accosted by Pippi

Leo is being accosted by Pippi Longstocking at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Looks like he’s enjoying it.

Pippi at the Swedish Cottage

These marionettes put on a full musical, complete with Rockettes-style leg kicks.

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We spent the rest of the day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One highlight was their Christmas tree display.

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Leo and Sophie stood very still as they studied the tree.

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One of the angels.

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Doing his best to look fierce.

Hansel and Gretel at the Met

We got to see a terrific art show at the Met GalleryNew Yorker illustrators interpreting Hansel and Gretel. We probably spent a good half-hour there talking about all the pictures and reading the Roz Chast retelling panel by panel (slightly edited for my four-year-old). I especially loved the creepy witches by Ana Juan , the Christoph Niemann “Weight Watchers” (what if Hansel and Gretel were fat – what should the gingerbread house look like then?), his Post-It Note Hansel & Gretel (you have to see it — the yellow Post-It crumbs are all around the gallery), and Eleanor Davis’s 3D Witch House. That one was Leo’s favorite. He went right home and acted out all of Hansel & Gretel with dolls and even used the tablecloth to make a a witch that envelops the children.

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Day 1 in New York City

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Leo and I took the train down to Penn Station. The conductor let Leo try on his hat.

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In the dining car (see the hot dog?) enjoying beautiful fall foliage in Connecticut.

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Visiting Christopher Robin Milne’s stuffed animal collection, now known to us all as Kanga, Winnie, Eyeore, Piglet, and Tigger. The collection is on display at the New York Public Library on W. 53rd. Visit it now while you can.

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Leo doing his best lion impression. Outside the American Folk Art Museum

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The Ana Juan banner above Lincoln Center. Leo and I liked how it looked like Hansel & Gretel were moving.