EW.com's parents guide: Get our thoughts on a new Mia Farrow-narrated DVD, plus a fun photo book

By EW Staff
Updated March 01, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST
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I Love You Like Crazy Cakes: Jane Dyer

Recommendations for the littlest entertainment fan

I Love You Like Crazy Cakes…And More Stories About Families (pictured)
(DVD, Scholastic, $14.95)
Upon hearing Mia Farrow’s voice, you’d think the actress was telling her own story of adopting a baby from a far-off land, and she could be. But she’s merely narrating the animated short ”I Love You Like Crazy Cakes,” based on the book by Rose Lewis. The story (one of three adapted for this DVD collection) tells of a first meeting between a mother who travels to China to bring her infant daughter home, and of the instant connection she feels for the child, in a way that is tender without becoming maudlin. (”I held you tightly, kissed you softly, and cried. The tears were for your Chinese mother, who could not keep you. I wanted her to know that you would always remember her. And I hoped that somehow she knew you were safe and happy in the world.”) A story with universal appeal set to lovely traditional Chinese music, ”Crazy Cakes” may have children asking about their own entry into the world. The collection also includes ”Three Cheers for Catherine the Great,” a quirky, colorful tale of a Russian grandmother who gets a very special birthday gift from her English-speaking granddaughter. B+Eileen Clarke
Recommended ages: 2 to 6

Fast Food
Book by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers (Arthur A. Levine Books, $12.99)
It would be an understatement to say that authors Freymann and Elffers see fruits and vegetables differently than most of us do. In every one of their offbeat, charming little books, they transform mundane food into funny little photos that both kids and grown-ups will love. ”Your feet can walk and run and skip,” they write in Fast Food, ”but are they best for every trip?” Definitely not. In their hands, a seemingly ordinary banana becomes a jet plane. A jaunty mushroom man waves from his yellow-pepper car. And a lumbering spaghetti squash becomes a bus, with radish passengers peering out the windows. It’s no end of fun to figure out exactly what was used on every page: Is that really a train made out of zucchinis? A wheelchair made out of an orange? An ocean made out of purple cabbage? All in all, truly delicious. ATina Jordan
Recommended ages: 2 to 6

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