The Train to Timbuctoo

September 27, 2017
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Oddly, there are several cities named Kalamazoo and at least 2 in the US named Timbuctoo.

I think I would perform violence on somebody, possibly myself, if I was required to read this on a regular basis, especially out loud. I'm getting real sick of people telling me children learn by repetition. I have ceased to care.

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None.

Guess How Much I Love You

June 28, 2017
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I love you more! No, I love you more!

It's kind of nice in that it's the story of a male authority figure performing the typically "motherly" task of putting a child to sleep. And this is very easily relatable, with nothing explicitly saying that Big is Little's father, or grandfather, or uncle, or anything specific. But because it's so generic, there's not much to it. Basically, the kid keeps telling the adult, "I love you this much," and the adult keeps responding, "Well, I love you this much," and it's always more.

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Families love each other.

Inch by Inch

May 20, 2017
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Oh, yeah? Measure this, pal!

There's a message and kind of a moral here that both break down due to presentation in an anthropomorphic universe. You start wondering why exactly the birds are eating something as intelligent as they are, and whether that wouldn't be cruel, and you get into questions that you really weren't planning to get into while reading your toddler a board book.

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People will threaten to kill you if you don't entertain them.

Dragon Dancing

May 12, 2017
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The best thing about dragons is nobody can tell you you're making them look wrong.

It's just kids having fun together and making something bigger than they are and playing with it, and having fun with their imaginations.

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Dragons are awesome.

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