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Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?

Posted Oct 14 2017 - 12:14pm
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But if it's such a great pet, why is it being sold cheap?

It's really cute. I would think that most children wouldn't get the emotional bits and would just think it was a funny book about having a rhinoceros for a pet. And it is funny. There's definitely no bad message to this. I don't think a child would actually get the impression from this that rhinoceroses make good pets. It's more or less a book of imagination, whimsy, and nonsense, and Shel Silverstein is a master of all three.

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My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Creatures, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins, or Things

Posted Oct 18 2017 - 12:03pm
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Maybe there aren't any ghosts, but there definitely are things.

I guess the lack of realism in the drawings of the monsters is what made this not as scary to me as a child, and that monsters were not really what I worried about. The realism of the story and the humanizing of the mother are really good.

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Parents are human, too, but they really love you and want what's best for you.

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises!

Posted Oct 12 2017 - 7:48pm
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Onomatopoetic poetry.

There's nothing really to it. It's enjoyable and light. My kids enjoy making funny noises. Silly things are attractive to children. The imaginative, whimsical aspects of this book are great. There's no real message to it, but it might encourage children to use their imagination and be more descriptive of things.

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How I Learned Geography

Posted Oct 6 2017 - 12:02pm
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Don't know much about geography...

It's an autobiographical story. The author says he was about 4 or 5 when the map was first bought, and eventually he became a well-respected children's illustrator and writer.

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Even a small thing can change your life and spark your passion.

Many Moons

Posted Oct 4 2017 - 12:02pm
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When King Daddy promises the moon, he delivers.

It's kind of bad in that it turns out that none of them are really correct about the moon. It is super big and super far away, and they couldn't have really gotten it for him, but I think the real message is that everybody's opinion is equally important, even children.

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Try to understand things from others' point of view.

Dragon Dancing

Posted May 12 2017 - 12:05pm
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The best thing about dragons is nobody can tell you you're making them look wrong.

It's just kids having fun together and making something bigger than they are and playing with it, and having fun with their imaginations.

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Dragons are awesome.

What Do You Say, Dear?

Posted Feb 28 2017 - 2:47pm
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Okay, please stop gnawing on my face.

This is a lighthearted satire of these types of books, with silly situations that kids are never going to get into, like being a cowboy, or being menaced by a dragon. I think that children will definitely understand because it's always being drilled into young children how they should be polite at every turn.

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Be polite.

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