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Summer Reading Special: Reading to Infants and Young Toddlers

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It’s never too early to start reading. The National Education Association offers the following tips to help you get started with your infant or young toddler:

Snuggle with your child with her favorite blanket or toys as you read.

Read with expression using different voices for different characters.

Emphasize rhythms and rhymes in stories. Give your toddler opportunities to repeat rhyming phrases.

Use pictures to build vocabulary by varying objects and their colors.

Use pictures to develop speaking vocabulary by talking about what is shown.

Encourage your child to repeat what you say or comment on it. Encourage your child to ask questions. Provide models of interesting questions and examples of possible answers. “I wonder what is going to happen next? I think the rabbit will get lost because he is not paying attention to where he is going. What do you think?”

Look for books that are about things that interest your toddler. For example, does your child like cars, insects, or animals?

Make reading a habit for bedtime, after lunch, or after naptime.

Give your child a chance to choose his own books. If your toddler chooses a book that is too long to hold his attention, read some and skip some, discussing the pictures and how they relate to the story.

Read stories again and again. Your toddler enjoys repetition and it helps him become familiar with the way stories are organized.

Doctors with the American Academy of Pediatrics emphasize that even the simplest acts like singing and talking to babies will help them build literacy skills. Promoting those skills is more than just reading book after book. It also includes pictures and movements – and all the senses. Babies learn by exploring every part of a book—from the way it looks and feels, to the text inside it.  

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty understands the value of nurturing a love of reading early in life. Each year, we support reading programs for children and adults throughout the area. For more information, click here.

Sotheby’s Preview: Middle Eastern Art That Breaks Records {Video}

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Via sothebys.com:

After last year’s record-breaking sale, Sotheby’s has announced this year’s Contemporary Art auction in Doha on Oct. 13. In this video, the heads of sale, Lina Laazar and Aileen Agopian, introduce auction in Qatar and preview its highlights.

This auction will include works by Shirin Neshat, Ali Banisadr and Ayman Baalbaki, plus important international artists.
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The Best Alfresco Restaurants in Dallas for the Summer

The Mansion Restaurant Terrace is a chic, elegant spot to gather after the sun goes down. Courtesy photo

When the summer sun goes down, Dallasites abandon the AC in favor of patios and terraces where they can soak up the sights and sounds of the city.  From sophisticated intimacy to energetic skyline views, these patios rank among the best in town.

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Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar

The former St. Ann’s School was converted from historic treasure to happy hour paradise. Boasting the largest garden patio in Dallas, Saint Ann is the place to see and be seen for sophisticated drinks or Sunday brunch.  saintanndallas.com

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SODA Bar at NYLO Dallas

The ultramodern NYLO Dallas’ SODA Bar is the nighttime hotspot for rooftop patio lovers. With a refreshing pool nearby, patrons can enjoy top-shelf cocktails, comfortable seating and casual grill food while taking in the glistening skyline view. nylohotels.com

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Savor Gastropub

Located within Klyde Warren Park, Savor offers incredible views with walls of chic glass that creates a stunning experience day and night. Executive Chef John Coleman serves up vibrant pub fare and cocktails with a modern twist. savor-relish.com

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Fernando’s Travis Walk

Fernando’s offers a beautiful, second-story shaded patio to enjoy the warmth of the season and its incredible Tex-Mex creations. Weekday lunch specials as well as Saturday and Sunday brunch offerings make this patio a best bet for any day of the week. fernandosmexicancuisine.com

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Bar Belmont at Belmont Hotel

This hotel bar is unlike any other. Magnificent views of downtown Dallas create the perfect backdrop for city dwellers to sip a martini and watch the sunset on the skyline while feeling a world away from the hustle and bustle. belmontdallas.com

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Toulouse Cafe and Bar

On the streets of Uptown, this Parisian-inspired sidewalk cafe transports guests to the City of Light with authentic atmosphere and fine bistro dining. A seasonal menu brings every flavor to the table with an extensive wine list and dessert offerings. toulousecafeandbar.com

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Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek-Mansion Restaurant Patio

This fine dining staple of Dallas doesn’t drop the ball when it comes to patios. Beneath picturesque oak trees, The Mansion Restaurant Terrace is a chic, elegant spot where and lanterns cast a glow on exceptionally crafted dishes. rosewoodhotels.com

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CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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Summer Reading Special: Now Read This – Tesla’s Attic

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Combining science, magic and intrigue, Tesla’s Attic in The Accelerati Trilogy is both brilliant and hilarious.

The series by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman follows four kids who are caught in a dangerous plan concocted by the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla. 

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Tesla’s Attic tells the story of Nick, whose house burns down and is forced to move into a run down Victorian house with his father and younger brother. Nick discovers there are weird happenings going on with antique items in the attic of this old home. He decided to sell them in a garage sale. He then meets some new friends who have items with similar extraordinary properties. The adventure begins. 

Flying toaster, magnetic vortexes and evil physicists are just a few of the challenges this group faces in this action packed series. 

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty understands the value of nurturing a love of reading early in life. Each year, we support reading programs for children and adults throughout the area. For more information, click here.

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Summer Reading Special: Stories That Teens Can Share

Teenagers can be complex, but their reading habits are very simple. Their interests mainly lie with their friends, so a great way to get them to enjoy reading is by offering books that they’ll be able to talk about within their group.

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Hot right now with the teen set is dystopian fiction. Many of these wildly popular books have been turned into movies with a huge following – The Hunger Games, The City of Ember, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The characters in these novels must fight for their own existence, and while this may sound sort of grim it’s inspiring in a complex way. 

Of course, these books still have a relationship aspect and some drama, but that’s not the main focus. “These books are a perfect fit for teens in their social and personal life,” a local librarian said. “It lets them escape.”

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty understands the value of nurturing a love of reading early in life. Each year, we support reading programs for children and adults throughout the area. For more information, click here.

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Summer Reading Special: Let Their Minds Run Wild

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Wielding pirate swords, defending the galaxy, trekking through the wilderness – nothing speaks to the heart of a young boy like an adventure story. With the rise of adventure books the past few years, it is no surprise that these days we are seeing more and more boys browsing through the library, said Kitty St. Clair, Children’s Librarian at the University Park Library.

“Young boys with a love for adventure should start off with the Magic Tree House series and the Geronimo Stilton series, then move to books like Peter and the Starcatcher series,” St. Claire said. 

Boys who read more have a healthier imagination, so be ready to turn your backyard into a jungle, your coach into a pirate ship and your study into Harry Potter’s Hogwarts! 

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty understands the value of nurturing a love of reading early in life. Each year, we support reading programs for children and adults throughout the area. For more information, click here.

Tygers at Play and Sacrifice of Isaac – latest Sotheby’s Sale {Video}

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Via Sotheby’s:

Sotheby’s George Gordon discusses three masterpieces by Pieter Brueghel the Younger from the collection assembled by Baron Coppée in Belgium in the 1920s, to be offered in our Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale on July 9 in London.

The Coppée collection, put together by Baron Coppée in the 1920s, is as renowned for the extraordinary quality and importance of the three Pieter Brueghel the Youngers that it incorporates, each perhaps the best version of its type, as it is for the encyclopedic nature of the Flemish art of the 16th and 17th centuries that it contains.

Click here for details about the other extraordinary offerings in this sale.

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Summer Reading Special: Inspiring Reluctant Readers

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Ah…the powerful pull of the screen. Whether they’re small enough to fit in the palm of your hand or large enough to stretch two stories tall in an IMAX theater, the visual draw is undeniable.

To motivate children who seem to have fallen out of touch with reading, a local librarian encourages parents to share the experience. She recommends talking about what’s going on in the story and asking what they think about the characters. This meaningful conversation helps children see reading as less of an isolated, chore-like activity and more of a way to have fun together.

“Something wonderful happens when you are connecting with your child through a book,” the librarian says. “Building memories and learning is where the pleasure of reading comes from.”

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty understands the value of nurturing a love of reading early in life. Each year, we support reading programs for children and adults throughout the area. For more information, click here.

Here’s to a Wonderful Fourth of July {Video}

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Happy July 4th!

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty wishes you a wonderful Fourth of July holiday. We hope you enjoy family, friends, good food and fireworks.

Check out our list of holiday celebrations here.

CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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Summer Reading Special: Reading Tactics for Younger Boys

Young boys are full of energy and curiosity. And, while some may have fallen in love with reading, others have yet to appreciate the value of a great read. The key is to find a book about something that naturally piques their interest, like sports or animals. “Boys love books where there are multiple elements at once,” says one local librarian. “They will respond better to something that has humor and a visual aspect rather than something that is all text.”

Budding readers can also take the reading adventure online. Popular stories like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Geronimo Stilton have websites where readers can play games and engage with the characters and plot. For example, The Lightening Thief site goes on to explain all about Greek mythology and even gives kids the chance to write their own myth! It’s fun and informative.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty understands the value of nurturing a love of reading early in life. Each year, we support reading programs for children and adults throughout the area. For more information, click here.