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This one really is about the children


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By some counts, mean First Ward alderman Manny Flores decided not to help the children Wednesday, instead casting the first "No" vote on the Children's Museum's planned relocation to Grant Park. But by Thursday, he had moved on to other issues--such as what he's going to read to the children who come to story time in his ward in a couple weeks.

Flores will read stories at the June 27 grand opening of a new Wicker Park space for Shorty's Children's Boutique, which sells kids' clothing and toys, many designed by local artists and designers. The store also features a children's book swap and regular story times. Doug Brownfield, who owns the store with his wife, Beata, says he met with the alderman to talk about the book swap and came away thinking he'd found another advocate for children.

"I knew he had a 2-year-old son," Brownfield says.

They haven't finalized the reading list yet, though Brownfield is recommending Jack and the Beanstalk. Isn't that the one about a giant who walks around mumbling and smelling blood? That is, before he falls? Yeah, that might be interesting. How about, say, "The Emperor's New Clothes"? The Wizard of Oz? The David and Goliath story from the Old Testament?

Flores says he's probably going to pull from his son Teddy's library--maybe The Lorax (fitting for a rust belt city that wants to keep going green) or The Little Engine That Could. In fact, alderman, if that one goes well, would you think about taking story time elsewhere--like the next meeting of the Independent Caucus

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