Caldecott Award Honors

The Way to Start a Day

February 5, 2017
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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.

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.

First the Egg

February 7, 2017
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Doesn't even attempt to answer the “which came first” question.

There's no story line, really, it's just playing with artistic holes in paper and what appears to be oil paints. It doesn't seem intended to be educational, just a series of paintings that are all interconnected. It's one of those books that would be better as an art installation than a book.

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None.

The Amazing Bone

December 29, 2016
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Bones are people-- er, pigs-- too.

So, yeah. Very deus ex machina ending there, coming out of nowhere. We have a bone and talking animals, and the bone is magic and can imitate sounds, and all of a sudden it can cast spells. But it doesn't know how it knows the spells, or what spells it knows. It apparently only casts them in times of great distress.

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Be nice to magic talking bones and they'll be nice back.

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.

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.

All Falling Down

December 13, 2016
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All falling asleep.

Pretty boring book. The pictures are very quaintly 1950s. A man walking a dachshund, wearing a plaid jacket, with a cigar between his two fingers makes me think of Disney cartoons from that era. Everything just looks precious.

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None.

1 is One

December 18, 2016
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Not as good as the game “3 in Three”. That game rocks.

It's not a bad book, but it's boring and very dated. It's not that common for modern children to have experienced sheep in a meadow, or gourds drying. Or writing on a slate.

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None.

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

December 16, 2016
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It's better to be hated than to be trapped forever in an immortal, immobile body.

It's got a very clear message of "the grass is always greener on the other side". Leo Lionni's illustrations made of collages and patterns are really nice to look at, but the story isn't really very interesting or better than books like The Velveteen Rabbit.

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It always feels like other people have a better life than you, but that's not true.

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