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Hey, Al

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

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A man and an intelligent dog have a crummy life. A talking bird appears and takes them to a magic land where they are waited on hand and foot, but then they turn into birds so they freak out and leave and the dog falls into the ocean but swims home.

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Don't trust talking birds. Or, if something seems too good to be true, you might magically turn into a bird. Or, there's no place like home.

Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose

September 22, 2016
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A bug asks to ride the antlers of a moose, and then proceeds to invite other creatures on until the moose has trouble running from hunters. The moose is too polite to tell them to scram. Eventually he sheds his antlers and escapes, and the hunters kill the other animals on his horns and stuff and mount the lot.

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Freeloaders will be shot. Or, don't help people because they'll take advantage of you.

The Rainbow Fish (board book)

September 22, 2016
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A fish has sparkly scales, which other fish are jealous of, and nobody will be his friend until he gives his scales away.

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

The Giving Tree

September 22, 2016
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A boy takes every single part of an intelligent tree.

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Children are ungrateful jerks. Or, if you love someone, give them everything to the exclusion of yourself.

The Berenstain Bears and the Slumber Party

October 12, 2016
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Went in one ear and out the other.

Mama Bear doesn't give Sister any actual advice or think about what kinds of situations she could get into, only tells her that she has "responsibility." What that responsibility is, is never mentioned. Is this like Spider-man? Is she supposed to catch criminals?

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You should behave yourself at a slumber party if your mother mentions the word “responsibility” without explaining what she means.

They Were Strong and Good

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

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"[T]here were Indians in Minnesota--tame ones." "One time he came to the town where my father's mother lived and fought Satan there." "When my father was very young he had two dogs and a colored boy." Wow. 1940 was a very different time. Oh, I see why it won an award. *Two* dogs died. Basically the story of the author's parents and grandparents. The interesting part is what he chooses to include.

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Everyone has an interesting story.

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