A Children's Book About Being Bullied

Posted Dec 10 2016 - 12:34pm
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Don't let the bullies grind you down.

It's not bad advice. It's certainly not saying to appease the bully, which could get people in a lot of trouble. It's just that sometimes kids might need more help than just this book. It makes it sound like solving the problem is easy.

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How to stop being bullied.

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.

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