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The Dark

February 4, 2017
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Who are you in the dark?

It's basically an interesting personification of the dark as something to be respected but not feared. A force of nature, really. It's personified as something which is helpful, nice, and a little bit misunderstood. Not as scary as it first seems.

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Respect darkness but don't fear it.

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

February 1, 2017
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Deducing the whole from the smallest fragment.

The creative genius of this man and his time, and how he ran into problems but persevered beyond that, makes for a fascinating book. All the little details of model construction and the beautiful pictures are informative as well as interesting.

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Dinosaurs are awesome, and science is awesome.

Tuesday

January 17, 2017
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Tuesday... afternoon...

It's silly and rather surreal, with pretty pictures. There's not much to it beyond a lovely flight of imagination, and an implication that we're witnessing the beginnings of something truly unusual.

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None.

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

January 18, 2017
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I don't want to walk around in circles walk around in circles walk around in...

It's kind of unusual to be fascinated by spirals, or any shape for that matter. Spirals don't really do anything by themselves, as it's more what is spiraling and why that is the important thing. But getting kids to recognize the pattern of their existence is the first step.

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Spirals are awesome.

Not a Box

January 15, 2017
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Not a bad story.

Very cute. It's a playful exploration of what you can pretend boxes to be. The line drawings are charming and imaginative, and the plot is true to how children love to play in boxes.

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Imagination is awesome.

Infinity and Me

January 7, 2017
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Philosophical and mathematical exploration for children.

It's a good introduction to the concept of infinity and mathematics, especially the fact that it's hard for pretty much everybody to understand. The art is really engaging as well.

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Infinity is complicated but interesting.

The Night Dad Went to Jail

January 12, 2017
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Tough topic, but something some kids have to deal with.

It's an unpleasant topic, but it's definitely something that there are kids going through who need help coming to terms with it. I've seen this book in lists of "Bad Children's Books," like, ha ha, parents going to jail, but I think it treats the subject in a very respectful manner.

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It's okay to feel upset that your parent is going to jail, and it's not your fault.

The Three Pigs

January 11, 2017
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I almost feel sorry for the wolf.

It's cute. I guess it really has the message of "Don't let yourself get boxed in by the story." "Don't kowtow to fate." Maybe that's reading too much into it, and it doesn't have a message at all, but that's the message I see in it. Which is a good message.

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Don't let the outside world tell you who to be.

Big Brothers are the Best

January 13, 2017
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Simple book about big brothers and new babies.

It's a list of things that big brothers can do that babies can't do. So even though the baby might get more attention sometimes, the parents still spend time with just the big brother. Your parents aren't going to forget about you or love you less when they have a baby.

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Babies may need more attention, but big brothers get more perks.

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