Danielle Conger

Sandra wrote:
It's too school-based for my tastes, and I don't like the way the kids treat
each other sometimes, but Holly who has a pretty peaceful life seems to have a
vicarious need to observe families (real or not) where people don't get along
as well.


Holly likes his dog, who sang "Cheek to Cheek" about bacon (because she knows
the song through her Depression and Fred Astaire interests).

This is one of my biggest beefs with finding beginning reader books. Lots of them are completely absorbed by the school scene, like Junie B. Jones, 1st Grader. We've tended towards the more fantasy-based series like _Secrets of Droon_ because of this; well, and also because we tend to like that kind of stuff better anyway. <g> And I have always _hated_ the Berenstein Bears! I don't like the relationships they set up, and I remember them being extremely sexist!

These are also the reasons that I'm not wild about Arthur; plus, I don't like the way DW and Arthur treat each other. We really like Disney's PB&J Otter here--some good stuff in there for little ones and it models excellent family relationships with a stay at home mom who practices attachment parenting. My kids are also huge fans of Kim Possible!

BTW--"Cheek to Cheek" was the song dh and I danced to at our wedding, a duet by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Great song!


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