Always and Forever

Posted Dec 8 2016 - 12:02pm
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Always remember the good times.

It's a really good depiction of what it's like to lose someone. There's nothing religious to it, nothing existential, just a very relatable depiction of the pain you feel when someone dies.

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You don't have to forget those who died in order to live your life. You can keep the memory of them alive.

The Ageless Story

Posted Dec 5 2016 - 11:02pm
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Gosh darn these kids and their newfangled realism!

I seriously doubt that, as she says, "The barn that Jesus was born in would look like a cave to us." I'm pretty sure it wasn't a cave, but was a structure built by humans. People living in the time and culture of Jesus were not living in caves.

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Gregorian music is the best music ever.

The Mighty Hunter

Posted Dec 5 2016 - 12:03pm
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That guy is so much tastier than me.

I don't even know where this book is going. I think it's trying to say that school is important, kind of? But it's also just one of those stories where it keeps one-upping itself in a really annoying, repetitive way, and then at the end the boy is in over his head. If he had only shot the rat.

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School is important. Or, it's okay to kill talking animals.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Posted Dec 4 2016 - 11:06pm
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Great book, but aimed at much older kids.

It's definitely not aimed at little enough kids that you would read to. It's a good book, but not really for the target audience I review books for. I don't think they would understand it, but it wouldn't warp their fragile little minds or anything.

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Treat other people with respect.

All Around the Town

Posted Dec 4 2016 - 12:05pm
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Well written but terribly dated.

I'd say the quality is comparable to Dr. Seuss's ABCs, but with no nonsense words. Everything's pretty straightforward, with things that kids-- of the time-- would actually encounter. Some things that kids would still encounter. But you know, there's not a lot of organ grinders nowadays.

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None.

Bambino the Clown

Posted Dec 3 2016 - 11:05pm
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Hey kid, want to come back to my place and see my sea lion?

It's interesting, but definitely not a modern-style kids book. It's not a bad message and wouldn't upset a child, but it's too long. And it's not popular nowadays to like clowns.

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Try to make people happy.

Fortune Cookies

Posted Dec 3 2016 - 12:04pm
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Fortune cookies != magic.

It makes it seem like fortune cookies are real, but it doesn't explicitly say that. Instead of saying her fortune came true, it just says, "And guess what?" But the message basically boils down to fortune cookies being real.

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Fortune cookies are real, as far as I can tell.

Feather Mountain

Posted Dec 2 2016 - 11:13pm
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Why do birds have feathers? This book doesn't know.

There's no moralizing to it, but also no indication of why this happened to the birds. Just that at some point they didn't have feathers, and then they had feathers. Ta-da.

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None.

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