Charlotte Zolotow Award Winner

Each Kindness

December 30, 2018
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Missed opportunity is more dramatic than actual reformation.

"The Hundred Dresses" is almost identical in storyline to "Each Kindness." All the kids make fun of a poor girl, and at the end, the girl moves away and the main character is depressed by what happened. Basically, the main characters need to see someone else suffer in order to grow, and they don't realize the opportunity they had until it's gone.

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Message: 

Be nice to people for niceness's sake. Or, you never realize how much of a jerk you were until after the fact.

Lucky Song

December 14, 2017
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I feel lucky I don't have to read this again.

The book is just a list of "She wanted X" and "So she did Y." The only thing that really happens is her flying a kite. And at the end it tells you to restart the book from the beginning. It doesn't go anywhere, doesn't say anything, and is just a list of mundane events, making it boring.

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Message: 

None.

Big Red Lollipop

December 10, 2017
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Maybe she was just hangry.

Parents need to be a voice of reason, and curtail the behavior of the youngest children when it encroaches on the rights and happiness of the elder, just as they would tell the older child to stop pushing over the youngest when the youngest is learning to walk and much smaller. And parents also need to understand that children are often better judges of the attitudes of their peers than parents, especially when cultural differences are involved. I hope I never act like the mother in this book.

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Message: 

Younger siblings are jerks, but if you respect and forgive them they'll grow out of it.

The Dark

February 4, 2017
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Who are you in the dark?

It's basically an interesting personification of the dark as something to be respected but not feared. A force of nature, really. It's personified as something which is helpful, nice, and a little bit misunderstood. Not as scary as it first seems.

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Message: 

Respect darkness but don't fear it.

Farfallina & Marcel

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

Review: 

Cute, I guess. A caterpillar and a gosling are friends, then when the caterpillar leaves to become a butterfly, the gosling gets sad because his friend is gone, then when the butterfly comes out the gosling looks like a goose and they don't realize who the other is at first.

Message: 

Animals change as they get older.

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