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.

Little Pea

Posted Feb 2 2017 - 12:02pm
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I eat my peas with honey, I've done it all my life.

It's kind of like the kind of joke a young child would write. It's not very funny, and the whole book is based around it, which is just bizarre. Maybe a young child would find it funny, but I don't. It's not bad, but it's not great. Contrary to the quote on the back by Parenting Magazine, I don't think it will make children eat their vegetables. It might actually make them sympathize with them, which would be the opposite of your intention.

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Eat your dinner so you can get dessert. Or, peas are just like people.

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

Posted Feb 1 2017 - 5:04pm
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Deducing the whole from the smallest fragment.

The creative genius of this man and his time, and how he ran into problems but persevered beyond that, makes for a fascinating book. All the little details of model construction and the beautiful pictures are informative as well as interesting.

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Dinosaurs are awesome, and science is awesome.

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

Posted Jan 18 2017 - 12:12pm
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I don't want to walk around in circles walk around in circles walk around in...

It's kind of unusual to be fascinated by spirals, or any shape for that matter. Spirals don't really do anything by themselves, as it's more what is spiraling and why that is the important thing. But getting kids to recognize the pattern of their existence is the first step.

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Spirals are awesome.

Tuesday

Posted Jan 17 2017 - 12:22pm
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Tuesday... afternoon...

It's silly and rather surreal, with pretty pictures. There's not much to it beyond a lovely flight of imagination, and an implication that we're witnessing the beginnings of something truly unusual.

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Loudmouth George and the Sixth-Grade Bully

Posted Jan 16 2017 - 1:31pm
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Wrong book is wrong.

That's not how you deal with a problem like that. You really need to get an adult involved. You don't want to end up in a situation where the bully is actually violent with you. There are only threats in this story, but kids aren't going to come up with the solution to bullying on their own. This whole book is a bad idea. Don't do this.

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People will stop bullying you if you trick them into eating something yucky.

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