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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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Grade 1-3–In this original folktale with a Nordic setting, a family in the valley is having a dreadful time because their baby sleeps all day and cries all night. Deep in the mountains, a new trollkin sleeps all night but keeps his family up all day with his cries. A passing witch with a mischievous gleam in her eye thinks it would be fun to switch the two youngsters. The family in the valley is delighted that their baby sleeps all night even though he keeps getting uglier and stronger. The trolls are also pleased with their trollkin who stays up all night with them even though he has a marked independent streak. Despite their bad behavior and strange appearances, both babies are loved and coddled. This annoys the witch to no end and she puts them back in their proper homes. Instead of being heartbroken, though, the families are delighted to have their own babies back. Murphy's acrylic, watercolor, and gel illustrations are based in blue. The figures are simply drawn but the rich color and shading bring them to life. An enjoyable story, particularly for children who would like to trade in their noisy younger siblings.–Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH
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Any parent who has ever been sleep-deprived will smile at this richly illustrated, lively original folktale that reassures us that all babies are good babies – and that patient love can foil even the worst-laid plans.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (September 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763622273
  • ASIN: B0017HZRDU
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,976,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book, Good Babies, by Tim Myers takes place in Norway. There are a family of trolls and a family of humans. The humans live in a deep valley in the mountains. The trolls live in rocky heights in the mountains. The two families each have a new baby. The human baby cries all night and drives everyone crazy. The troll baby does not wish to eat anything and also drives everyone crazy. When a witch is walking in Norway, she hears crying and yelling of the two babies. The witch has a plan to switch the babies

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.

By Baljot
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From seeing the beautiful illustrations of this book and knowing the basic premise of the story, I was fully prepared to buy it. I checked it out from my local library to read it in full, and as such have decided not to purchase it after all, because of two substantial issues.

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.
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There is something fascinating about the witch in this story. The illustrations by Kelly Murphy are exquisite. My son cried when we took it back to the library after renewing it 5 times. I must buy our own copy...
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We love this book! I read it to my daughter every night at bedtime. Yes, there are a few uses of the word "brat" that I leave out when reading to my 4 year old, as well as one use of the word "hag" just because I don't like it. But the story is original and fun, and the illustrations are wonderful. Love this book!
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