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169. Lily Quench and the Dragon of Ashby by Natalie Jane Prior
Cute kids book about a strong young girl. Writing was a bit too juvenile for my tasteI also did not like references to drinking and face lifts....not appropriate for a juvie book. Other than that it was cute.

170. Hold on to your Kids: Why parents need to matter more than peers by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate
Okay, here's a book for mollygm. This one answers the question on why young kids don't really need socialization outside of the family sphere. Really, really good read. A lot of lightbulbs went off in my head while reading this one. Not just about my parenting but about society in general.

171. Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes you Knew by Ellen Notbohm
Awesome book. One that needs to be read by every family member, teacher, specialist, or anybody else who is around children with autism. Google the title of the book and you'll get the essay that inspired the expansion to book form. Some people may be getting this for Christmas from us this year.

172.The Tale of the Turnip by Brian Alderson
Beautiful Illustrations. I have to admit its what caught my eye. Basic premise, snooty bastard gets what he deserves. Cute book. I think I've read it 4 times today alone.

173. The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop
Cute chinese fairy tale. After the second page I dropped the word chinese in front of the word brother. The two are inseparable. The drawings are primitive and somewhat racist. Then I took a look at the publication date. 1938. Okay, that explains a lot. Still a good story.

174. The Uncle Wiggily Book: The Rabbit Gentleman's Adventures by Howard R. Garis
I grew up with the Uncle Wiggily game. So when I saw this book at the used bookstore I snapped it up! I never realized the game was based on a book! Cute stories! HORRIBLE writing. How in the world did this thing ever get published? Its awful! Where the hell was the editor's red pencil. Illustrations are awesome though. Bre'r Rabbit would kick his sorry ass.

175. John Henry by Julius Lester (Dammit, already did this one...#129)
Speaking of Bre'r Rabbit...American Tall Tale about John Henry. Just go ahead and google it if you've never heard of him. I had never heard of him until I met Joe and he kept singin' this silly song. "When John Henry was a little baby! Wham!" And then he'd slap his hand on the table. WTF? (BTW if you need a copy of "Trains!" Joe's got the MP3's) whatever. So when I decided to do American Tall Tales for school, I knew I had to do John Henry because it was new to me. And when I found this one at the library I just had to read it to him. This reading went really, really well. Good story, good illustrations.

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sapphyres
Sep. 22nd, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
The John Henry I know is a very old, very mean, very successful racehorse. He's so mean, he's lived to at least age 32 I think, just to make the Kentucky Horsepark pay for him all these years.
aelfie
Sep. 22nd, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
Cool!

Part of the story is that John Henry out ran someone in a horse race...so naming a horse that makes an awful lot of sense.
ross_teneyck
Sep. 22nd, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
He was a steel-driving man, you know.
mollygm
Oct. 5th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
Give it to me and I'll read it, but I doubt my opinion will change. As you love to point out, Mel is an only child, which means she gets lonely. I think peer socialization is fine and healthy.
aelfie
Oct. 6th, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)
In the definition of this book, family includes extended family.

I don't own it, I had to yank it from the library.
mollygm
Oct. 16th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
Ok, well Mel only spends time with cousins and friends we consider family (like YOU!). Should I have not let Mel socialize with your children, because they're not related? I don't do "playdates" or "mothers groups" like you do. I take her to the park, hoping other children are there, true. And she's been in childcare while I was working. I don't suppose that author believes mothers should work.
aelfie
Oct. 16th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
Not at all. It wasn't the point of the book.
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