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.

Hawk, I'm Your Brother

Posted Feb 18 2017 - 12:12pm
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Yeah, because we all keep our siblings in cages.

It really doesn't need to be a Native American story. It kind of makes me think a little bit of "My Side of the Mountain", except apparently this kid fails at raising a hawk. Baylor's text just goes on and on, using far more words than necessary to tell this story.

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Don't kidnap wild animals, I guess?

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Posted Feb 17 2017 - 9:36pm
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Back at it again with the white shoes!

It seems to have been a song before it was a book, and it certainly isn't great literature. It's not very interesting and the repetition would bore me if I had to read it more than once.

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“No matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song... because it's all good.”

First the Egg

Posted Feb 7 2017 - 12:13pm
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Doesn't even attempt to answer the “which came first” question.

There's no story line, really, it's just playing with artistic holes in paper and what appears to be oil paints. It doesn't seem intended to be educational, just a series of paintings that are all interconnected. It's one of those books that would be better as an art installation than a book.

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None.

Tico and the Golden Wings

Posted Feb 6 2017 - 12:15pm
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A bit like the Rainbow Fish, but with its own issues.

The nice things that he does for other people reward him by changing his outward appearance to a form that others will accept. It's so bizarre. It's like he has to earn the ability to fit in. It's difficult to tell whether it's saying that fitting in is good or not. It's hard to understand this book.

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Either help others less fortunate than you, or people won't accept you unless you fit in.

The Way to Start a Day

Posted Feb 5 2017 - 12:05pm
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What's the opposite of racism?

Byrd Baylor just kind of annoys me. Her books are just full of glorification of and romanticization of ancient cultures, especially Native Americans, in a way that I don't feel is realistic and comes off as sappy and too reverent of people who are no better or worse than we are.

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People should worship the sun.

The Dark

Posted Feb 4 2017 - 12:07pm
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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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Respect darkness but don't fear it.

The Funny Little Woman

Posted Feb 3 2017 - 12:19pm
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In the absence of their dumpling maker, they formed the Plastic Oni Band.

It's very weird. It feels like it should have a moral, but I can't find one. She claims early on to not be afraid of the oni, but when they're chasing her it says that she's frightened, so it's not like she's fearless. I guess she's brave because she perseveres despite her fear.

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Be brave.

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