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post #21 of 266
Oh, and I can't stand "The Stupids" series.
post #22 of 266
I don't find the poem offensive at all, only a bit old-fashioned. I think most kids would get that it's about how home feels best to everyone (and that the little Japanese kid would feel the same way about the strange foreign food the English kid eats, for example).
post #23 of 266
what is wrong with love you forever?
post #24 of 266
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what is wrong with love you forever?
That book's stalkerish qualities freak me out.
post #25 of 266
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what is wrong with love you forever?
Isn't that the one where the mom breaks into the adult son's house in the middle of the night and rocks him?

Reminds me of how if I don't answer the phone my mom drives over, because her right to hear from me right away trumps my right to set boundaries. (I don't believe that I have to answer the phone just because it rings.)
post #26 of 266
cripes everytime i read that book to my kids i break down crying and they look at me like i've lost my marbles.
Maybe because i didn't feel the love as a child i love that she loves her son so much! Maybe it's just something that i craved as a child.
Of course now if i woke up in the morning and found out my mother has flown all the way from France to sleep on my bedroom floor i might be a little startled!
post #27 of 266
and i still love it and i still will cry especially when the mother is dying at the end oh don't get me started
post #28 of 266
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cripes everytime i read that book to my kids i break down crying and they look at me like i've lost my marbles.
Maybe because i didn't feel the love as a child i love that she loves her son so much! Maybe it's just something that i craved as a child.
Of course now if i woke up in the morning and found out my mother has flown all the way from France to sleep on my bedroom floor i might be a little startled!
I cry at books too, and movies. This one just pushes buttons for me, I guess. I think it's meant to be a little satirical, a little heavy-handed.
post #29 of 266
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Junie B. Jones. Am I the only mom who can't stand them? She drives me nuts!
OMG... Junie is such a, well, BRAT!
And she has the worst five-year-old grammar I've ever heard. :
post #30 of 266
personally, I hate the giving tree. And Love you forever also creeps me out.

I also hate badly written children's books. Some of the baby einstein books fall into that category.
post #31 of 266

Love you forever

oh also Robert Munsch originally wrote this as a song for his two stillborn babies.
post #32 of 266
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Holy crap, that poem is so offensive it's just...beyond pale.
I believe that Stevenson was being ironic!
post #33 of 266
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Isn't that the one [Love you Forever] where the mom breaks into the adult son's house in the middle of the night and rocks him?

Reminds me of how if I don't answer the phone my mom drives over, because her right to hear from me right away trumps my right to set boundaries. (I don't believe that I have to answer the phone just because it rings.)
OOOH yeah that book is just creepy creepy!
post #34 of 266
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Junie B. Jones. Am I the only mom who can't stand them? She drives me nuts!

It's not just the Junie character, but the writing is awful. I discovered Junie through my niece. I was reading it to her and was thinking "this is the worst book i've ever read" the whole time. It was seriously painful. Then I discovered how popular these books are. : I know this makes me sound old but in my day we read Little House, the Wind in the Willows, Charlotte's Web...REAL literature, not garbage like that.
post #35 of 266
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Click, Clack, Moo This book is total propaganda for unionism. Why do toddlers and preschoolers need this type of persuasion?
I bought this book for my toddler when my company went on strike. It was very appropriate reading material for him at the time. And for the record, I've always had and enjoyed the protections of a union job. So, don't agree with you on this.

Guess How Much I Love You is a book I didn't particularly like. It seemed so competitive....just kind of creeped me out.
post #36 of 266
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Click, Clack, Moo This book is total propaganda for unionism. Why do toddlers and preschoolers need this type of persuasion?
hee heee heee! Of course we were gleeful about that one because it fits so well with our values. My son is named after his grandfather, a union organizer. We listen to Pete Seeger and then read the book.
post #37 of 266
I do censor some of the nursery rhymes in our Mother Goose, but I'm above board about it. Like this: "Eww, I'm not reading that one, it's yucky." I don't read the ones about kids getting hit.

Mostly I've been pretty happy with the children's books we've found in the library or been given as gifts. My sister in law did send us one "ringer"--a book about a little girl who doesn't like to read and has to be coaxed into it. I'm thinking "Don't borrow trouble for me here!" I shoved it in the bookshelf and we didn't open it again.
post #38 of 266
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I do censor some of the nursery rhymes in our Mother Goose, but I'm above board about it. Like this: "Eww, I'm not reading that one, it's yucky." I don't read the ones about kids getting hit.

Mostly I've been pretty happy with the children's books we've found in the library or been given as gifts. My sister in law did send us one "ringer"--a book about a little girl who doesn't like to read and has to be coaxed into it. I'm thinking "Don't borrow trouble for me here!" I shoved it in the bookshelf and we didn't open it again.
I'd only read that one if I had a child who didn't like reading or if my child who liked reading needed help to understand another child who didn't like reading.
post #39 of 266
We donated a Thomas the Train one. I don't generally like them anyway, but this one was particularly bad. It had one of the trains going past a "Danger" sign and falling in the ocean. When Sir Topham Hatt comes to see him, he asks to get out as he is cold and Sir TH says "No, you have to stay there until nightfall, you were a very bad train" or something to that effect. I was just floored the first time I read it.
post #40 of 266
My DD is only 2 so most of the time I just make up the story as I go along.

But I wouldn't purposefully censor reading material at any age.

When I was young, my mother paid little attention to what I actually read but avidly encouraged me to read and I did. I loved to read and still do and will read anything. I am sure I read things that were not exactly deemed appropriate for children but I also read a lot of things that gave me a much broader understanding of the world and life. I read lots of things that made me think and challenged the ideals I was taught.

So I might not be as enthralled with some stories but I would still read them to her and let her choose what to read when she is older.

Maggie
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