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Vocabulary is a positive, but values are misguided
on August 6, 2014
Here are the objectively positive things I have to say about the book:
- It introduces vocabulary that many children are not typically exposed to
- Verse and tempo are good, as well as length. It's long enough to be engaging, but not too long where my little girl loses interest
- Artwork is good.
However... my main gripe, and it's a big one, are the values that this book espouses and behavior it encourages. It is a bit cutesy, and that's fine, but to me, it reinforces materialism, superficiality, and narcissistic attitudes associated with prima donnas. I don't necessarily think that there's anything wrong about the natural human attraction to possess material goods, but I think children and adults alike get enough exposure as it is daily...The only redeeming value with the story line might be when she's brought back to earth at the end, but I don't think hit home well enough -- I think young girls will be drawn to superficiality of things that are "fancy" rather than learning the values of being humble and greatful for what we have and what we can do for others less fortunate.