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The Big Red Book of Beginner Books (Beginner Books(R)) Hardcover – August 10, 2010
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I really enjoyed reading these books to my 3 year old daughter, one at a time at bedtime each night, and she loved it too! Each book tells a cute story or life lesson. With these books you can get all 5 colors, red, blue, orange, green, purple and practically have yourself a little Dr. Seuss library! We already have all 5! A great addition to any childs book collection, and saves you a bit of money. Definitely recommend them.
The stories themselves are simple written, easy to follow, colorfully illustrated, and seem to entertain my kids. What's surprising is how different some of the stories values are, compared to what you find in children's books today. For instance, the first story involves a creature who decides he wants to change into a new form. He turns into an elephant and the children in the story say he's too fat and they don't like him. He changes into a giraffe and they similarly criticize him for being too tall. They tell him to go back to being the way they want him to be and he complies. The moral of the story is *supposed* to be that "It's OK to be who you are." In today's culture it comes across more like "It's NOT ok to be who you want to be."
The Very Bad Bunny has similarly dated moral framework. A young bunny misbehaves and is told by his family that he is a very bad bunny. Then another, younger bunny visits and misbehaves even more than the first bunny. Everyone concedes that the new bunny is a truly bad bunny, implying that the main character isn't all that bad, since there's someone worse. Modern children's stories tend to explore the reasons for misbehavior, humanizing the characters and suggesting alternative ways of dealing with conflict or emotions. The Very Bad Bunny simply encourages readers to keep everything in perspective and realize that there's always someone worse out there.
Despite the dated themes, the book seems to satisfy the kids, and can serve as a moral counterpoint to the typical ultra-positive attitude of modern children's literature.Read more ›
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My 2-year-old loves these stories. I'm pretty sure we've read 'Stop the Ball' about 47 times now.Published 9 days ago by Michelle
It arrived in great condition. Just like it was when I was a kid. I love it.Published 24 days ago by Jontae
I just love that these books have 6 different stories. Each book is brightly colored and easy to read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AFwifey
My 7 year old granddaughter reads from this every time she comes to my house.Published 2 months ago by Peggy