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What's the Big Secret?

August 10, 2018
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Could it be... cookies?

Parts of it feel sparse compared to other books. The information it does have is accurate, but I'm probably not going to use it to teach my kids. I would understand if other parents used it, though.

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Boys and girls are different physically. They mature into men and women who can have babies together.

The Story of Little Babaji

August 8, 2018
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Lackluster story, beautiful illustrations.

It's definitely an improvement on the original "Little Black Sambo" by Helen Bannerman. They redrew it and renamed the characters to make it more obvious that the story takes place in India, so the little boy's name is now Little Babaji. Much, much better.

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Fighting tigers makes you hungry.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

August 4, 2018
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Don't know much about biology. But I know more than Eric Carle, apparently.

And someone else pointed out to me that the butterfly wings are on upside down. He's not an airplane, he's a moth-- butterfly-- whatever. Butterfly and moth wings are wider on the top and narrower on the bottom. So either his wings are upside-down, or his whole body is upside-down in the picture and what everyone thinks is his head is actually his butt.

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Message: 

Caterpillars turn into butterflies?

My Princess Boy

August 2, 2018
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If girls can wear pants, boys can wear dresses.

Another book with a great concept, but lacking in execution. I love that this book exists. It's definitely not a bad book. I just feel like they could have done so much more with this.

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People can wear whatever they want.

Sparkle Boy

July 31, 2018
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Sparkle, sparkle, little boy.

I don't find this realistic, and I don't find the change in the older sibling meaningful. They aren't accepting the behavior because of its inherent harmlessness (or even benefits), they are merely switching sides, like they're the only one allowed to insult their sibling.

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It's okay for boys to wear sparkly dresses.

Heather Has Two Mommies

July 29, 2018
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The only interesting thing about it is the title. And someday, even that won't be interesting.

It's one of those books whose mere existence is important. It's a revolutionary book concept, but the book itself is just okay.

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Children with two mommies are just like any other child.

The Lonely Doll

July 1, 2018
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Every doll is lonely...

You can read all kinds of adult themes into this if you want to, but it's clear that the author did not intend them. This is just a children's book that is no longer in context. I can't ignore the creepiness, but walking through a dark hallway is creepy. But there's nothing inherently creepy about a dark hallway. It's just your own imagination that makes it that way.

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Parents still love you, even when they get mad.

Creepy Carrots!

July 7, 2018
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Well, they're creeping, so I guess the title is accurate.

I'm honestly not sure what this book is trying to say. Maybe it's just trying to be a "scary" book without being a scary book. Like, funny-scary? It's just that the premise falls apart if you think about it for more than five minutes.

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Don't eat carrots. Or, if you think you're being stalked by sentient vegetables, you probably are.

Why Am I Me?

July 27, 2018
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Why anything, really?

It feels pretentious, and it doesn't say anything. I guess it's pretty. That's what the people quoted on the back seem to be raving about: how pretty it is. I'm just lost. I can't get anything out of this book except the message, "People are different."

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Different people are different.

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