The Gruffalo

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

Review: 

Trickster mouse almost gets outwitted when his repeated lie about an imaginary creature turns out to be true, but then he builds on the lies he already told and convinces the creature to leave him alone.

Message: 

Lying is fine if you don't get caught.

The Pout-Pout Fish

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

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This book sends absolutely the wrong message, in more ways than one. Basically, the main character is upset, and the only thing his "friends" tell him is that he should smile for them, oblivious to the possibility that he might have a legitimate problem of some kind, or that feeling sad is even okay in this aquatic world. They don't want to deal with his feelings. Then a stranger arrives and kisses him on the face, which magically fixes the problem, suggesting to impressionable kids (as other reviewers here have pointed out) that going around kissing people you don't know is acceptable and in fact desirable. My video review goes into more detail.

Message: 

Smile or your friends will hate you.

The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

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This book sends the wrong message to impressionable children. Basically, when the Little Rabbit gets the titular red wings, his mother and all the other animals reject him as a stranger and he is forced to undo his wish in order to fit in again. It teaches kids that being different is bad. My video review goes into more detail.

Message: 

Nobody likes you if you try to be different.

The Poky Little Puppy

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

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This is the story I read as a child. Puppy is slower than his siblings, so he misses punishment when he gets home and eats all the dessert.

Message: 

Sometimes flaws are actually beneficial.

Little Bear's Visit

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

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Sweet. Stories about little bear visiting his grandparents and the stories they tell him about his mother and a robin and a goblin whose shoes follow him. Then he gets sleepy.

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None.

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