Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

February 21, 2021
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You’d think the queen would get a new mirror eventually.

It's pretty faithful to the standard Grimm story, as far as I remember. Not a great story, but not really the opposite of something children should be taught. The pedophile/necrophile prince throws up some red flags, and murder via boogie isn't a common thing lately, but I'm pretty sure nobody is advocating to their children that they "be more like Snow White" so it's more about how the story is viewed today in context.

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Be really pretty, and everybody will take care of you even if you're an idiot.

Hello Lighthouse

February 14, 2021
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You say goodbye, I say hello lighthouse.

I think it would have been more interesting had she picked like a specific event of somebody in the lighthouse and went into more detail about the person and the lighthouse itself.

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Lighthouses are really cool, and lighthouse keepers used to be very important.

Who’s Inside That Hat?

February 7, 2021
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I’m too witchy for my hat, too witchy for my hat, pointy, pointy hat!

The story could have used some better editing to fix the meter and rhyme, and it'd be nice if Anika didn't just 'feel silly' but actually recognized how harmful her actions could have been, and apologized. Little things that wouldn't have been that difficult to do, but the author chose not to.

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Don't judge somebody by their looks. Or, your neighbor is probably not a witch.

Maybe Tomorrow

January 4, 2021
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Possibly useful to get parents to open up.

It just seems so weird that you wouldn't tell your kid about Covid. Is the culture that different in the Phillipines, where the book was published? It's written to be applicable to anywhere you have apartments and doctors. Do they not have Kindergarten? Because that's one major reason my six-year-old knows about Covid: he had to stop going to school in person, and start doing Zoom calls.

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Tell your children about things because sometimes they're too scared to ask themselves. Or: Covid-19 sucks.

The Life and Times of Fuzzy Wuzzy

December 14, 2020
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Live your fuzziest life.

It's somewhat charming in its own way, but it takes the one thing I think kids like about the rhyme and strips it out. The writing is pretty good, the meter of the poetry is usually good though it trips up a few times. It's got a good message, although I'm not sure how strongly it conveys it.

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Don't let others define you by what you're lacking.

The Undefeated

November 29, 2020
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I can’t speak for others, but I think it’s a great book.

Clearly, clearly we need books like this. But I feel almost like I don't have the right to talk about this book. And if I were famous, and I had a large platform, this is the sort of thing where I should turn over my platform to people of color to give their own interpretations of this book. But I'm still a relatively unknown reviewer, and I don't have much of a platform to speak of. So my own opinion is that it's very well-written, and the art is top notch. It seems very powerful to me, an outsider, and I hope it comes across that way to most black people as well. It's a wonderful, beautiful book. And the problem with relating to it is all my own.

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There are a lot of powerful figures to look up to in black history, and young people in the black community can look back and take inspiration from those figures in their effort towards true equality.

Song of Robin Hood

November 22, 2020
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It’s pretty, but it’s not a kids’ book.

Everybody who made this put so much thought into it, and it's a beautiful book. But the 115 page book is enormous, and it shouldn't be marketed as a children's book. It's really a scholarly work.

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It's important to preserve cultural heritage such as Robin Hood.

The Rough Patch

November 15, 2020
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We all go through rough patches.

It's about the death of a beloved pet, and discusses the whole cycle of grief. It's a very poignant book, very powerfully done. And the illustrations are just gorgeous, which is icing on the cake.

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Grief takes time to work through, but you will come out the other side.

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