Cute kids book about a strong young girl. Writing was a bit too juvenile for my taste. I 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.
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.