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Fables

Posted Mar 1 2017 - 12:03pm
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An apple in time saves before you leap.

The crocodiles are living in a house with wallpaper that is integral to the story. There's a baboon with an umbrella. Since the traditional Aesop's fables take place in ancient Greece, these are an interesting update to the formula. It's nontraditional to have camels wanting to be ballerinas.

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Multiple messages, one per story.

Don't Worry Bear

Posted Mar 3 2017 - 12:14pm
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Come on, bear. Google it. Caterpillars and moths.

It's using a very roundabout way to teach children that caterpillars turn into moths. It's cute that the bear keeps coming by to keep him company, but the caterpillar doesn't really seem to care, need company, or be thankful. It's kind of minimalist, but it could do with a little more character development, otherwise I don't really care about these characters.

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Caterpillars turn into moths.

Baby Danced the Polka

Posted Mar 5 2017 - 12:03pm
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This baby is better-coordinated than I am.

It's cute how the parents eventually accept that the baby doesn't want to go to sleep and decide to enjoy the time together. As a book, though, it's pretty repetitive and would get old quickly. But it is short, so it's got that going for it.

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None.

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Posted Feb 17 2017 - 9:36pm
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Back at it again with the white shoes!

It seems to have been a song before it was a book, and it certainly isn't great literature. It's not very interesting and the repetition would bore me if I had to read it more than once.

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"No matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song... because it's all good."

Hawk, I'm Your Brother

Posted Feb 18 2017 - 12:12pm
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Yeah, because we all keep our siblings in cages.

It really doesn't need to be a Native American story. It kind of makes me think a little bit of "My Side of the Mountain", except apparently this kid fails at raising a hawk. Baylor's text just goes on and on, using far more words than necessary to tell this story.

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Don't kidnap wild animals, I guess?

The Berenstain Bears and the Nutcracker

Posted Feb 22 2017 - 12:08pm
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What's an im-ag-in-a-shun?

"Go use your imagination." "How do we do that?" Like they've never imagined anything in their lives. It's kind of bland. It just seems like they're copying this older story instead of being very imaginative. It's like the writer was being lazy.

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Using your imagination is awesome!

When I was little : a four-year-old's memoir of her youth

Posted Feb 21 2017 - 12:02pm
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Know-it-all four year old.

The ending is kind of sappy. "When I was little I didn't know what a family was. When I was little I didn't know what dreams were. When I was little I didn't know who I was. Now I do." I still don't know who I am, and I'm in my 30s. Still working on that one, Jamie Lee Curtis. Still working on that one.

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You get to do a lot more fun things when you're older than you did when you were a baby.

Tico and the Golden Wings

Posted Feb 6 2017 - 12:15pm
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A bit like the Rainbow Fish, but with its own issues.

The nice things that he does for other people reward him by changing his outward appearance to a form that others will accept. It's so bizarre. It's like he has to earn the ability to fit in. It's difficult to tell whether it's saying that fitting in is good or not. It's hard to understand this book.

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Either help others less fortunate than you, or people won't accept you unless you fit in.

The Way to Start a Day

Posted Feb 5 2017 - 12:05pm
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What's the opposite of racism?

Byrd Baylor just kind of annoys me. Her books are just full of glorification of and romanticization of ancient cultures, especially Native Americans, in a way that I don't feel is realistic and comes off as sappy and too reverent of people who are no better or worse than we are.

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People should worship the sun.

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