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Ocean Playground: Buster's Courage

September 22, 2016
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Lars the lionfish meets Buster the guppy. Buster is afraid of getting eaten. Lars says he will protect him, and then abandons him in the middle of the ocean to teach him that he is independent.

Message: 

It's okay to lie to strangers if you think it will build their confidence, even if you endanger their lives.

James and the Bootlace

September 22, 2016
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James is a jerk and breaks his train cars, and they need a bootlace to fix it, and the only guy with a bootlace doesn't want to give it to them, so instead of blaming the train company they blame that guy.

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If you don't surrender your possessions to help someone who has caused you a problem, the whole thing is your fault.

The Rainbow Fish

September 22, 2016
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It does have more of a story than the board book version. It's clearly more about happiness not coming from possessions. But it's still as if he had to buy his friends.

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If you're pretty, you have to give people chunks of your body to make friends.

Mei Li

September 22, 2016
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Fairly sexist. Not very interesting. A girl wants to go the fair but little girls can't go so she bribes her brother to take her along. They get a bit carried away (she gets her fortune told which says she will rule a kingdom) and her uncle has to rescue them before the gate closes and they can't get back home. Then when the Kitchen God comes that night he tells the girl that the house is her kingdom.

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Girls belong in the kitchen.

Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book

September 22, 2016
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Disturbing dedication: "To all Black children living in the Western Hemisphere, hoping you will one day speak the language - in Africa". 1971 was a different time. Oh, I think the authors are Black. Still weird. Just a list of facts about "Africa".

Message: 

Black children should learn Swahili.

Baboushka and the Three Kings

September 22, 2016
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Depressing folk tale about a woman who wants to finish her work before going to baby Jesus, but then when she leaves she can never find him and keeps searching.

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If you don't accept Jesus immediately, you will wander forever.

The English Roses

September 22, 2016
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I felt that it portrayed the main character, Binah, as perfect, and the "English Roses", four other girls, were only jealous of her because she was so perfect. When they found out her mother was dead, they realized only then that their jealousy was unfounded. So the main character's only flaw is that she has a dead mother, and shunning people is bad because... they might have dead mothers. Or something. My video goes into more detail.

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Don't hate people who seem too perfect because they might have tragic backstories.

The Cat in the Hat

September 22, 2016
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Anthropomorphic cat bursts in to the house of two children who are home alone, wrecks the place, and then magically cleans up after himself and leaves.

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When uninvited strangers wreck your house, they will clean up after themselves.

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