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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Message: 

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.

I Am a Backhoe

Posted Dec 20 2016 - 12:05pm
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Trucks and trucks and trucks and trucks and... MORE TRUCKS

I guess a kid who likes trucks might enjoy the book, but the language is so basic and there's so little of it there, and the art doesn't really make up for it, that it would get annoying to read to a kid repeatedly.

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None.

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever

Posted Dec 19 2016 - 12:02pm
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Camp! Grandparents! Fun!

It's nothing too deep, but it's still a good message. The art is fun to look at and interesting to the eye, with word balloons to read and lots of color. It's a pretty realistic portrayal of two boys hanging out together and the kinds of things they would say.

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Message: 

It's fun to play with your friends.

1 is One

Posted Dec 18 2016 - 12:18pm
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Not as good as the game “3 in Three”. That game rocks.

It's not a bad book, but it's boring and very dated. It's not that common for modern children to have experienced sheep in a meadow, or gourds drying. Or writing on a slate.

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None.

Abraham Lincoln

Posted Dec 17 2016 - 12:21pm
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The man. The myth. The legend.

How true is the story that he had three gingerbread men and gave two of them to a demanding little fat boy? It's weird, and I'm not sure what it implies.

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Message: 

Abraham Lincoln is awesome.

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

Posted Dec 16 2016 - 12:03pm
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It's better to be hated than to be trapped forever in an immortal, immobile body.

It's got a very clear message of "the grass is always greener on the other side". Leo Lionni's illustrations made of collages and patterns are really nice to look at, but the story isn't really very interesting or better than books like The Velveteen Rabbit.

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Message: 

It always feels like other people have a better life than you, but that's not true.

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