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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best loved toy, January 11, 2002
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
My daughter is an only child, and for a long time, was the only grandchild and great-grandchild on both sides of the family -- one glaring result of this being TOO MANY TOYS in our home. Space constraints are a serious issue in our apartment, and I am forever on the lookout for toys that will not gather dust, but entertain, teach and endure.
My daughter received this little dollhouse on her first birthday. She is four and a half now, and I can honestly say that not a day has gone by that she hasn't played with it -- an astounding feat for any toy (though the original Little People Family has long since been forced to relocate, having apparently been bought out by the Pooh characters and more recently an intimidating gang of dalmations...). Even after acquiring the much larger and more glamorous Loving Family Townhouse, this little house is still incorporated into nearly every playtime.
I had the relatively antiquated version of this house when I was a little girl, and remember using it every bit as often. Truly this thing is a great buy!

The Rainbow Fish
The Rainbow Fish
by Marcus Pfister
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $11.93
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160 of 213 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ten reasons to avoid this book at all costs:, February 5, 2001
This review is from: The Rainbow Fish (Hardcover)
This book has won several awards and is beautifully illustrated, thus I made the mistake of purchasing it for my daughter without reading it all the way through. Don't make the same mistake.
This is the story of a beautiful fish who is hated and ostrasized by all the other fish in the sea because they envy his beautiful silver scales. I assumed that the moral of the story would have something to do with everyone being beautiful in his or her own way, and that eventually the other fish would come to recognize their own beauty. Unfortunately not. Instead, the Rainbow Fish is harangued and harrassed by his fellow fish until he has given away all but one of his silver scales. In the end he is very happy because he has become popular.
The morals of this story are pretty shocking: 1.) It suggests that children should give in to peer pressure. 2.) It teaches children that friendship can be bought. 3.) It says that it is not only right, but a moral imperative, to sacrifice the very essence of yourself for the sake of popularity. 4.) It suggests that popularity is the ultimate good, and that one cannot be happy without it. 5.) It teaches that envy will be rewarded. 6.) It teaches children that it's okay to ostrasize people who are different. 7.) It teaches that rude behavior is acceptable if it gets you want you want. 8.) It suggests (to younger readers in particular, who may not be capable of grasping metaphor) that only outer beauty matters. 9.) It teaches that happiness can be achieved by tearing down or destroying what belongs to others. 10.) It preaches a kind of social Marxism: that there is no value in the uniqueness of an individual, that his worth and his happiness depend on his desire to conform to the values and demands of his peer group.
Frankly, I am astounded that anyone saw fit to confer any honors upon this book.
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