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Toddler: Real-Life Stories of Those Fickle, Irrational, Urgent, Tiny People We Love Paperback – October 2, 2003
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Familiar voices in the book include the likes of Louise Erdrich ("Blue Jay's Dance") and Joyce Maynard, plus countless new writers whose contributions to "Mommy Lit" are worthy of anthologizing. Editor and author Jennifer Margulis has done a marvelous job of collecting stories that will appeal to all new parents, as well as older ones like me who live vicariously through the well-written chronicles of others. I've purchased additional copies of this book to give as shower gifts this spring.
I wasn't sure I would like the essay format of the book but I ended up really enjoying it. After a long day of racing after the kids the book's format made it easy to relax by reading one chapter before collapsing in bed from exhaustion. :-)
OK so the one reason I didn't give this book 5-stars is that there are two chapters that bring the book down. The chapter "Why Does Your Son Have a Phallus on His Head" written by the books editor came across as Jennifer Margulis's public way of getting some type of revenge at her mother for issues they have. The comments about her mother were embarrassing to hear from a grown woman and had NO relevance. It was just a weird thing to read and again I felt embarrassed for the editor that she added that to her book.
But that was minor compared to the chapter "Slow to Warm". This is the chapter that the reviewer "Shame, Shame" was referring to. (Ok -- who actually says "shame"???...) Wait until you read this chapter! Your jaw is going drop to the floor and you'll be stunned you just read that in a PG rated Toddler book. Don't get me wrong -- I use more than my fair share of swear words! I'm actually surprised my kids first words weren't something that was made up of four letters! :-) But the chapter "Slow to Warm" is basically a porno put into words. Perhaps the author of that chapter is an 800-sex-line operator or works on the HBO set of Real Sex -- but that chapter should NEVER have been added to the book. Hopefully in future additions this chapter will be removed.
Overall DO buy this book. You'll love it. Just be sure to rip out the chapter "Slow to Warm" before you give this as a gift or pass along to your friends!!! :-)