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Oh, what a fun book! (except for some word choices)
on February 11, 2007
I just brought this book home and my 2.5yo daughter and I loved it! We picked up the audio CD version and I was surprised to see my daughter enthralled on the first read since she usually needs to warm up to the longer books. The premise of the story was so perfect in that it echoed the child in all of us. "I" lost my bear --- and haven't we all lost something as kids? And something so incredibly dear? I was able to interject a couple questions to my daughter to keep her attention during the audio retelling like, "Do you see the bear" and, "Where is the bear?" and, "Can you find the bear?" This made it personal on many levels.
I truly enjoyed the interplay between her and her parents, her sister, her other toys, her ignored tantrum...
My only problem as others stated were the words stupid and "kill." Those are pretty non-PC words, my friend. My wife was bent out of shape on the whole tantrum scene and the 'tude in general. I didn't mind so much about the 'tude and the tantrum because the tantrum was clearly self-correcting - and funny at that. I could even get by the word "stupid." Certainly my daughter has heard her parents lose their own tempers... but the word kill was not.
As I mentioned, I picked up the audio version, which was wonderfully spoken. But the audio CD would not allow the quick editing ideas made other reviewers - namely, rewriting the word "stupid" into "silling" or leaving the, "kill you" out of the monologue. For this reason, I am really at odds. Certainly, these words will not be new words to 6 year old's ears in 1st grade. For that, I applaud the author's "realism." However, those words really make an uncomfortable read for the new kids.
As a side note, "The Daddy Mountain," by the same author was phenomenal - and as a dad to a rambunctios toddler I loved the chance to share something unique between a daddy and daughter that - perhaps - the mom couldn't understand. (Although in this book my wife loved it and applauded it anyway.)