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#31 of 46 Old 11-23-2010, 12:15 AM
 
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No, I wouldn't. 21 dollars/hour for a 6 yo was just too much for me. wink1.gif Maybe I am also a tightwad? 

Get them in the library in March. In the meantime, spend the 50 dollars on something that will get more use.

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No, I wouldn't. 21 dollars/hour for a 6 yo was just too much for me. wink1.gif Maybe I am also a tightwad? 

Get them in the library in March. In the meantime, spend the 50 dollars on something that will get more use.



See, it wasn't the cost *so much* for me.  It was more the environmental impact of buying books you plan on only reading once (instead of using the library).  We've spent well more than $21/hour each to go to Wicked, Cats, Lion King, etc... but I don't have a problem spending for an experience.  It's the literal waste that bothers me most.


 

 

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I was all set to say that I would,

 

BUT

then you said "Rainbow Magic".

 

We spend an insane amount of money on children's books, but I have sworn that I work too hard to earn money to spend it on Rainbow Magic or Junie B Jones.

Instead, I will let my property taxes pay for the Rainbow Magic and borrow them from the library.

 

Gag!

 

I am actually worried that my dd will read the OP and find out about this new series of RM books, because she is crazy about RM.  We have about half of the RM in our house checked out of the library. And my dd is a re-reader, so she would get plenty of value out of those books if I bought them.  But I somehow cannot stomach the thought of buying RM.


ROTFLMAO.gifJust don't let your daughter google "Rainbow Magic" on the computer. The UK site has all of them listed!

 


 

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No, I wouldn't. 21 dollars/hour for a 6 yo was just too much for me. wink1.gif Maybe I am also a tightwad? 

Get them in the library in March. In the meantime, spend the 50 dollars on something that will get more use.



See, it wasn't the cost *so much* for me.  It was more the environmental impact of buying books you plan on only reading once (instead of using the library).  We've spent well more than $21/hour each to go to Wicked, Cats, Lion King, etc... but I don't have a problem spending for an experience.  It's the literal waste that bothers me most.


Yes, that's part of it for me. Part of it's the money. But all of her other gifts have good play value and will be reused. So, something that will be read in 15-20 minutes (her speed has increased markedly since the summer) bothers me on many many levels. Now, I could offset that by selling them or donating them to the school library.


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Part of it's the money. But all of her other gifts have good play value and will be reused. So, something that will be read in 15-20 minutes (her speed has increased markedly since the summer) bothers me on many many levels. Now, I could offset that by selling them or donating them to the school library.

I have the same issue - but its related to toys. its a dilema i struggle with and yet do it too. dd gets toys - plays with it for a couple of days, figures it out and then that's it. time to give away. she will never touch it again. 

 

but seeing her need to try it out and figure out how to use it is what kept me going. of course the hugely expensive ones i never bought. even at 8 i have the same issue with her. thankfully because of her friends she got to try some stuff and save me the money. she initially was all into the wii fit till she played at her friends and realised what it was. and she still plays at his place at times, but doesnt want one of her own anymore. 


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Could you sell them again after she read them?  Sites like half.com and amazon are awesome for that.  Or maybe there's another parent nearby that would split the cost with you and then your daughter and their daughter could share?  Surely someone else is looking for them too...

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My Dd is the same way.  She discovered RM at the beginning of the year and I believe she's read every single thing on them in the library.  I refuse to buy them for her because she only reads them once, and I don't have the money or the household space to store them.  Instead, I'm quite happy to take Dd to the library 2-3x a week just so she can browse their selection for any new ones.

 

After nearly a year of reading RM, I think she finds them too easy and has now moved onto other books with meatier content.  She loved "Charlotte's Web" and "Charlie and the chocolate factory" and I would happily buy *those* for her just because I consider those classics, and that she would discover something new about them with each subsequent read.


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Have you looked on the website alibris.com? I just did a search and they have the ocean fairies book for 99 cents plus shipping. Thye might have a set of them too. They sell used books and some that I have ordered come from England. If you order multiple books from the same seller you get a discount on shipping.

I woukd buy the books, but I love books. Also, if she is lime me she might reread them in the future.

ETA: the shipping is 3.99 per book, and it goes down to 2 something per book if you buy multiple books, no matter where the books come from. There are also coupon codes out all the time if you google for them.

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Well, I wouldn't make the assumption that she would read them in two hours and then discard them.  I still have books from my youth, which I passed on to my DD and nieces and nephews.  I also read all my books multiple times, and as I got older, they held a certain sentimental value.  I never think that books are a waste of money.  :)


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Could you turn the books into a learning activity? Ration them so she doesn't read through them in one fell swoop?

 

Personally I would probably not spend that much on books that weren't going to be read more than once. I'd take the $50 and spend it on something with a more lasting effect.


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I would get them.  I loved getting books as gifts for x-mas, and my mom (the librarian in the family) buys books for everyone at x-mas time - my cousins LOVE getting her gifts more than anyone elses b/c she always picks the best.

 

X-mas is the time for surprises (just make sure to KEEP it a surprise!!!  Have them shipped to a friend if she will see the box - international shipping would give it away), and things we can't get from the library.  I say do it, and find a way to splurge a bit on the other kiddos too (didn't notice if you have any others).

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I voted no. This is because I do have a son who swallows books. Unless it would be loved books that others would read or she would hold on to to reread in the future, I would say check them out from the library or get them used at least. I had to give away more than half our books around here when there just was not enough room for them all. I had put up a few extra shelves and needed even more and finally had to concede that the library is a great thing and we would simply need to use that. We donated the books to the library that we decided to not keep. 

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Playing the devil's advocate here but I see a some responses recommending that money could be spent on something with "lasting effect."  What does that mean, lasting effect?  Does it have to be a physical object that must have a long physical life?  Are tickets to a play not something with lasting effect?  How about a paint kit that gets used and then the materials are gone?  What about a coloring book?  What about a one-time pottery class?  A trip to the museum and dinner afterward?  All these things have very short term lives, yet their impact can be great.  

 

One of the best gifts I ever received in my youth were tickets to a Broadway musical.  Expensive by those time's standards?  Yes.  But it set the stage (no pun intended) for the rest of my creative life.  It wasn't something that I could physically put on a shelf and take down from time to time.  It was the acquisition of knowledge and ideas and exposure to music and dance and all things theatrical.

 

That being said, ultimately, OP, if I were going to spend money on books for a child, I would spend it on reference books.  I find that a child can use these for a very long time, and if getting your money's worth is important, then that may be the route to go.  I would never think that books are a bad investment, but you may want to consider the type of books.


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**UPDATE**

 

Well, I searched on Ebay and got a set for $25 + $4 shipping. THAT I can live with. And she'll be really surprised, since it wasn't on her list. (Her list consisted of: Playmobil and Webkinz.) I'm glad, because I'm pretty sure this will be her last year for full-on Santa enthusiasm. (She's read two books that should have given the secret away, so I think that cognitively, she knows, but emotionally, she wants to believe.)


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Well, I searched on Ebay and got a set for $25 + $4 shipping. THAT I can live with. And she'll be really surprised, since it wasn't on her list. (Her list consisted of: Playmobil and Webkinz.) I'm glad, because I'm pretty sure this will be her last year for full-on Santa enthusiasm. (She's read two books that should have given the secret away, so I think that cognitively, she knows, but emotionally, she wants to believe.)


That's great! $25 is much better than $50.  Your dd will be so excited.

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Awesome!!  You'll have to let us know how surprised she is, and if she's excited about it when she opens them on x-mas!

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Great update mama!  I bet opening that gift will be one of those magical childhood Christmas moments.  :)


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