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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.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

December 27, 2016
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You would think he would be too short to see over the wheel anyway.

It's fun because it's interactive, but the only problem is, if you have a contrarian kid who decides to say yes, it doesn't work. Other than that, it's fun, and as the book says, it allows the little kid to say "no" and be more or less rewarded for it, which is kind of good because toddlers like to say "no" to many things despite not being in control.

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None.

Edgar's Second Word

December 28, 2016
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Come on, baby! Get with the program!

I can really identify with this. As the mother of two little boys, one of whom is not yet talking, and the other of whom doesn't use complete sentences, I'm still waiting for some of this. For conversations. For him to ask, "Why?" It's happening. It's happening slowly. And every step along the way is precious, but still frustrating occasionally.

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Be patient with babies. It'll pay off.

Ben's Trumpet

December 23, 2016
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Follow your dreams.

Basically it's got a pretty strong, but not anvilicious message of "don't let people get to you." All you need is one person to help you with your dream.

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Don't let other people dissuade you from following your dreams.

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