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Wanted to give you an update -
The english ivy laurel was a hit, and more have been requested.
We ended up with a set of Odyssey books, Tales from the Odyssey by Mary Pope Osborne. These have been the longest lasting in terms of interest. And of course the cool thing about the set is that while she's reading one I can pick up another and try to catch up. They are quite explicit for her age, but not particularly graphic, if that makes sense. And I've gotten a bit more relaxed about what she's reading. Anyhow we're all pretty happy with the books.
The figurines were great, too. We got Pegasus, Poseidon, and Draco. I wish we'd gotten Hercules but for some reason my DP wasn't impressed with it and we skipped it. DD adores Hercules. Anyhow she works out imaginative scenarios with the figurines and they keep her fairly well entertained.
We made a Mount Olympus cake out of cut and stacked pound cake, whipped cream, hot cocoa dusting and berries. It was super yummy albeit fairly unrecognizable.
The star cards were okay, but not overly informative or useful. The star cut outs that you shine the light through actually seem to have their proportions off. Orion is just barely recognizable. I'd have skipped this.
On the whole, her birthday has been pretty educational for me. I don't have all the names straight yet but at least I'm getting familiar with hearing them. I made the mistake (?) of getting a book of Bullfinch's mythology for children, The Classic Treasure of Bullfinch's Mythology, and they are Roman gods. The book is wonderfully illustrated and has great stories in it. But now I have a whole new set of names to learn and their equivalents. The differences don't phase DD, but her mind is much more nimble than mine.
Hope that helps!