It's Okay to Be Different

Posted Mar 6 2017 - 12:02pm
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I'm okay, you're okay. And that's okay.

I think it's important to put in weird, silly things like that, because everybody has those weird, silly things about themselves that they might feel ashamed about, but saying that it's okay helps readers generalize to themselves.

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It's okay to be different.

Baby Danced the Polka

Posted Mar 5 2017 - 12:03pm
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This baby is better-coordinated than I am.

It's cute how the parents eventually accept that the baby doesn't want to go to sleep and decide to enjoy the time together. As a book, though, it's pretty repetitive and would get old quickly. But it is short, so it's got that going for it.

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None.

My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood

Posted Mar 4 2017 - 12:51pm
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Feelings... nothing more than feelings...

The book is written in prose poetry, and the language is very supportive of all feelings being acceptable as long as nobody gets hurt. It's okay to enjoy time to yourself as well as enjoying being with others. Sometimes your family members are kind of jerky to you, especially siblings, but they still love you anyway.

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Feelings are normal and natural.

Don't Worry Bear

Posted Mar 3 2017 - 12:14pm
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Come on, bear. Google it. Caterpillars and moths.

It's using a very roundabout way to teach children that caterpillars turn into moths. It's cute that the bear keeps coming by to keep him company, but the caterpillar doesn't really seem to care, need company, or be thankful. It's kind of minimalist, but it could do with a little more character development, otherwise I don't really care about these characters.

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Caterpillars turn into moths.

Peppe the Lamplighter

Posted Mar 2 2017 - 12:06pm
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No son of mine will be helping people get home in the dark!

Sometimes grownups are stubborn, but sometimes they realize that they made the wrong decision and change their minds. It's a difficult thing for everybody involved, but it does happen and it's good.

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Don't be ashamed of what you do. As long as you're helping people, you have something to be proud of.

Fables

Posted Mar 1 2017 - 12:03pm
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An apple in time saves before you leap.

The crocodiles are living in a house with wallpaper that is integral to the story. There's a baboon with an umbrella. Since the traditional Aesop's fables take place in ancient Greece, these are an interesting update to the formula. It's nontraditional to have camels wanting to be ballerinas.

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Multiple messages, one per story.

What Do You Say, Dear?

Posted Feb 28 2017 - 2:47pm
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Okay, please stop gnawing on my face.

This is a lighthearted satire of these types of books, with silly situations that kids are never going to get into, like being a cowboy, or being menaced by a dragon. I think that children will definitely understand because it's always being drilled into young children how they should be polite at every turn.

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Be polite.

The Berenstain Bears and the Nutcracker

Posted Feb 22 2017 - 12:08pm
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What's an im-ag-in-a-shun?

"Go use your imagination." "How do we do that?" Like they've never imagined anything in their lives. It's kind of bland. It just seems like they're copying this older story instead of being very imaginative. It's like the writer was being lazy.

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Using your imagination is awesome!

When I was little : a four-year-old's memoir of her youth

Posted Feb 21 2017 - 12:02pm
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Know-it-all four year old.

The ending is kind of sappy. "When I was little I didn't know what a family was. When I was little I didn't know what dreams were. When I was little I didn't know who I was. Now I do." I still don't know who I am, and I'm in my 30s. Still working on that one, Jamie Lee Curtis. Still working on that one.

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You get to do a lot more fun things when you're older than you did when you were a baby.

Sleep Like a Tiger

Posted Feb 20 2017 - 12:05pm
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That's a pretty big catnap.

Of course, she falls asleep, but it's very nice how the parents give her the option as long as she stays in bed. Which is a reasonable thing to do for kids, and matches well with my parenting style. It's very well written and doesn't have a strong message but the message it has is good.

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Everything in the world sleeps.

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