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Good Babies: A Tale of Trolls, Humans, a Witch and a Switch Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 13, 2005
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At midnight she secretly switches the babies. When the human family wakes up their baby is green and weird looking. When the troll family wakes up the baby tries to catch the sun and the trolls thought he was getting ugly. The witch soon switches the babies back; she was not satisfied with her plan. When the human family wakes up their baby is sleeping peacefully through the night. When the troll baby wakes up he gulps three frogs for breakfast and everything goes great with the babies.
Both babies are really annoying. For example, the human baby dumped his food. Also, he cried all night! The troll baby, however, took a bath in mud and tried to pull a cat's tail. He would not eat anything, not even kremkake with strawberries. Both babies made noise and started making their families hate each other.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books about families and how they solve their problems. I would also recommend this book to whoever likes fairytales.
1) As a pagan, I find the cliched use of the "evil old witch" to be a bit insulting, and very trite. I avoid these hackneyed depictions of witches in my son's life, and instead focus on the better examples that are being published. In this day and age, with Wiccans and Pagans in full view of the public, the author could have easily substituted something less inane such as "sorceress" or "hag".
2) There are several words I don't want my son to hear and learn anytime soon - "stupid" being a good example. If I ever come across children's books containing this phrase, I either change it to another more appropriate word ("silly", "naughty") or avoid buying the book. I now have another word to add to my list - "brat", and I was frankly shocked that the author would ever consider putting that word in the mouth of a supposedly loving mother. I have never considered calling my child, or anyone's, a brat - and I wouldn't like to hear anyone else say it either, no matter how affectionately intended.
This could have been a beautiful, well done story. But it just doesn't work for our family, and I'm disappointed that I have to look elsewhere for books to fill it's absence, because I would have loved having it in our collection.