The Amazing Bone

Posted Dec 29 2016 - 12:05pm
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Bones are people-- er, pigs-- too.

So, yeah. Very deus ex machina ending there, coming out of nowhere. We have a bone and talking animals, and the bone is magic and can imitate sounds, and all of a sudden it can cast spells. But it doesn't know how it knows the spells, or what spells it knows. It apparently only casts them in times of great distress.

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Be nice to magic talking bones and they'll be nice back.

Edgar's Second Word

Posted Dec 28 2016 - 12:02pm
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Come on, baby! Get with the program!

I can really identify with this. As the mother of two little boys, one of whom is not yet talking, and the other of whom doesn't use complete sentences, I'm still waiting for some of this. For conversations. For him to ask, "Why?" It's happening. It's happening slowly. And every step along the way is precious, but still frustrating occasionally.

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Be patient with babies. It'll pay off.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Posted Dec 27 2016 - 1:22pm
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You would think he would be too short to see over the wheel anyway.

It's fun because it's interactive, but the only problem is, if you have a contrarian kid who decides to say yes, it doesn't work. Other than that, it's fun, and as the book says, it allows the little kid to say "no" and be more or less rewarded for it, which is kind of good because toddlers like to say "no" to many things despite not being in control.

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None.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Posted Dec 26 2016 - 12:15pm
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Sometimes life hands you lemons.

Alexander's problems are real things that kids deal with, and mostly things that everybody deals with. Everybody has bad days, and it's something that kids could identify with and see that they're not alone. They'd be able to say, "I'm having a bad day just like Alexander."

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Everybody has bad days sometimes.

The Cow That Laid an Egg

Posted Dec 25 2016 - 12:38pm
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I found it. It must have come out of my insides.

It's not bad, it's just weird. It's totally unrealistic, and this kind of thing would never happen, so it's certainly not a bad message. But the message more or less boils down to, "Pretend that other people are special even though you know they're really not."

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Accept others for who they are. Or, patronize people so they don't feel ordinary.

Always Room for One More

Posted Dec 24 2016 - 12:47pm
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Give and ye shall receive.

The guy's generous, and he gets rewarded for it, in kind of a realistic manner. It's a little exaggerated, but basically he gives everything he has, and what he has gets broken, and then fixed by the thankful recipients.

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Be generous. Help other people out.

Ben's Trumpet

Posted Dec 23 2016 - 1:08pm
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Follow your dreams.

Basically it's got a pretty strong, but not anvilicious message of "don't let people get to you." All you need is one person to help you with your dream.

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Don't let other people dissuade you from following your dreams.

A Beach Tail

Posted Dec 21 2016 - 12:06pm
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Leave him alone and he'll come home, drawing a tail behind him.

I mean, I've got nothing against books. Obviously, this is a book, and I read it, and reading is great, but you kinda need to keep an eye on kids, especially in a place as big and dangerous as a beach. So it's very realistic, but I wouldn't want to give kids the wrong idea, that it's okay to wander off at the beach.

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As long as you follow the letter of the rules, the spirit doesn't matter.

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