Monday, August 15, 2011

Don't Try This at Home...

I'm sorry to do this and make an un-recommendation, or would that be dis-recommendation, so early in the game, but school is just around the corner and I got this one from a book order, so I wanted scholastic shoppers to be aware.
First, can I just say I heart Scholastic Book Clubs! (If I was smart enough to make the little heart instead of writing 'heart' I would, but that's not the point.) Scholastic is a great resource for affordably bringing books to the masses, it help classrooms, they have a huge selection, and great deals, and special stuff for teachers. They are great. And I'm sure more accolades are going to follow in many more posts.
Having said that-- remember I mentioned the selection-- we are talking everything from Caldecott's to Pokemon Sticker books. They really have it all. All. Treasures and junk. Okay, now my un-recommendation...
So, you should probably know that I am the kind of mom that thinks it's okay to turn to books when trying to correct less than desirable behaviors. Bread and Jam for Francis was read to a picky eater in my house. I have a pair of books called Why Should I Listen and Why Should I Help which I read and discuss with my kids when I feel cooperation is at a minimum. There are many more, in fact there will probably be many posts about books that teach lessons in the future as well. So, it was with lesson teaching in mind that I excitedly saw this book.
Who hasn't heard those words at their house? "Great," I thought to myself, "a new book with a lesson." (I'm not really sure it's a moral because it's not really a story in this case, but again I digress.) So, I'm looking at the book order and reading the blurb to see if the book is what I think it is. Here is what the blurb said...
"Rosenthal and Lichtenheld pair charming drawings with simple yet undeniably true statements that every kid and grown-up can relate to, and reassure readers the everyone sometimes thinks it's not fair."
I fear this is getting a bit wordy so let me just cut to the chase. It not reassuring, it hugely increased the number of "it's not fairs" heard in my house and I kinda want my money back from Scholastic. The drawings are charming though, but none of the unfairness really gets resolved in the book and I think it made my three year old more frustrated that even more things were unfair.
In the authors' defense, they have together, and separately, published what appears to be more than a handful of feeling/behavior books-- which I intend to check out at my local library before purchasing. But, book order par oozers, just an FYI. This book had it all going for it, real authors, book order recommended, and it was a whammy. Just shop carefully. -Whitney

1 comment:

  1. ha ha! great advice, will steer clear of that one- we DO NOT need any more whining in this house.


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