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Kids Say The Darndest Things Hardcover – Illustrated, August 7, 1985
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About the Author
ART LINKLETTER is one of the pioneers of talk radio. He appeared live on CBS ’s House Party for 26 years, five days a week. His latest TV show, Kids Say the Darndest Things, was hosted by Bill Cosby and featured Art as a special guest. Today he still appears before audiences as a motivational speaker and entertainer, still active in his nineties. He lives in Bel Air, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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While I enjoyed many of the comments Art was able to pry out of the young minds, it was his lessons in parenting that resonated with me.
The lessons he taught and the disciplinary principles he enforced on his own children are the ones I grew up with, yet have fallen to the wayside by those who deem themselves, progressive and know better. Dr. Spock comes to mind. Idiot.
People today cry and complain about the current state of the United States. Our current election is a perfect example of how low our society has stooped. Yet no one, for some reason, knows how to fix it. Well, that’s because they’re as blind as bats and don’t want to be responsible for their actions. It’s always someone else’s fault. Don’t believe me? Turn on the news and find a politician from either side of the aisle that will admit they’ve made a mistake. Instead, they blame it on Congress. “But aren’t you one of those who makes up Congress?” Utter silence or plausible deniability. This thinking has crept into all facets of our daily life. If you want to stop crying and whining, then start admitting to mistakes and looking for ways to correct them.
I didn’t mean for this to turn into a political debate, but that’s how strong the principles he brings up in this excellent book. I lost count how many times he would ask questions concerning God and Jesus and the children had the answer, not always what Art was looking for, ready for delivery. And, they would say they read the bible or learned about it in school. What a foreign thought for many of today’s youth.
Another caveat was the background of the children he chatted with. They came from all walks of life and incomes, yet many of their answers were the truthful responses we expect from those who minds are still open and absorb every little thing they hear.
If you want to find out how children think and the things we adults wish they wouldn’t have heard or seen, take the time to pick up a copy and see a reflection of our youthful years.
A resounding five stars, then and now!
I read it many, many years ago when I was about 14. Love reading it now and burst out with a laugh almost every other page. Linkletter really understood kids.
Highly recommended for anyone who remembers his show and for people who live the great things that kids say.