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Product Details

  • Paperback: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1172585113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1172585113
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,789,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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VERY happy receiver of this children's book!
Carol Gold
I am 25 years old, and when I was about 4 or 5, my grandmother would read me this story over and over.
David Young
My kids love this book especially there "Gram" is reading it.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By lg on June 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
I guess it depends through whose eyes you read this book. I am a black woman in my 40's and my mother told me this story when I was a child and as a teenager, when I was being short-sighted or too litteral about something, she would often call me "Epaminondas". I don't think that her intent was to be racist towards me, as it would seem an impossibility under the circumstances. What I do remember is that because of this story I am an out-of-the box thinker. I think quickly on my feet and can adapt very easily to changing circumstances by finding the common denominators in a situation, yet adjusting for possible variables. I want the same for my children and that is why I am buying them this book. Not everything in life has a racist or evil beginning, somethings are also just part of a tradition. It is only those with shame or guilt in their souls that see racism. Finally, for the uninformed "Epaminondas" was a greek political figure. Could it not simply be that he was named after him? Funny that you had time to turn the word around looking for the evil, rather than to appreciate the broader context of the story.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Jan Zehr on July 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
I credit "Epaminondas and His Auntie" with my ability to think critically. I am an entrepreneur have employed many people. The single, biggest problem in today's work force is the lack of ability to think critically. When given an instruction, if it is remembered(!), that instruction is construed to mean applicable in EVERY instance. Epaminondas is the condition of too many people today. One example, true story, comes to mind of an airplane crash, the accident site was flooded with jet fuel and one of the survivors, on fire, was told to roll on the ground. Yes, that is the normal survival routine that we are all taught....it just doesn't apply if the ground is flooded with jet fuel!
Life is flooded with jet fuel. We have think beyond the instructions we've been given. We have to analyze the conditions and THEN think of the solution.
I compare "Epaminondas and His Auntie" with Aesops Fables. I do NOT think that because a character is black it is bad. Does everyone need to be white? Let's rewrite "Epaminondas" in every color and every language. It was a definitive book in my childhood.
Jan Zehr
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107 of 119 people found the following review helpful By David Young on September 3, 2001
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I accidentally came across this listing while searching for a different book, but the title struck a chord in my memory. I am 25 years old, and when I was about 4 or 5, my grandmother would read me this story over and over. I laughed and laughed at Epaminondas and his mistakes; he honestly tried to do the right thing, but because of his aunt's failure to be specific enough joined with the natural ineptitude of a child at that age, he continues to fail. Basically, this story relates how both giving directions clearly and paying close attention to those directions are very important.
This book is obviously quite controversial, given the other reviews on this page. I believe that the controversy is exaggerated for several reasons. First of all, when I was a child, I never made the connection that Epaminondas and his family were black, and that this was a stereotype of black people. While I might have noticed that he was black, I could not have connected his color to his behavior in any way. Only cynical adults and those children who are TAUGHT to notice such things ever would. If this book were written today, it would probably be inappropriate for the book to be written in the fashion that it was, using what was supposed to be a dialect of English spoken by black people in the South in the late 19th / early 20th century. However, to say that this book should be rewritten according to today's political correctness standards is overreacting. I do not for a moment believe that this book was INTENDED to be racist, though it does use inappropriate stereotypes.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By James T. Reed III on January 13, 2003
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This is an old Southern children's story that was updated around 1906 by Sarah Cone Bryant, then published and re-published for a century. It's fun and easy to read to children, because they immediately catch on--Epaminondas is just a young child who can never figure out why adults can't say what they really mean. He stays optimistic and confused. Have a nice time following in Epaminondas' footsteps, and read this story to your kids, grandkids, and anybody else who'll listen.
--Jim Reed...
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kem Kem on May 16, 2004
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I am so happy to see that I can buy this from Amazon.com!! I grew up with this book being read to me by my mama and it was by far my favorite!! We thought that you couldn't even buy it except from book collectors and are so happy to see it here!! I have been bugging my mama to pass her copy to me but there would be a fight between my sisters and me if that were to happen.
I also want to say that in reference to it being a racist book...at no time in my childhood (or adulthood for that matter) did I ever think that it was against black people. Furthermore, if we teach our kids appropriately then neither will they. My 5 year old daughter sees skin color for what it is....skin color!! She says I am white and she is brown because she has a natural tan and I don't. I think that this book would be equally funny if it were written about any ethnicity!! If you are afraid that it will offend you or your family there is a rewritten book called "Epossimondus" about an Oppossum who goes thru basically the same stuff as Epaminondus.
In my opinion, it is a truly GREAT book!! I can't say that it made me listen any better to instructions but it did give my mama my undivided attention for the reading of the book!!!!
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