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  •  I was close... (none)
    on Gaiman's children's books. They are The Day I swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish and The Wolves in the Walls.

    Coraline looks interesting as well. My daughter (4 1/2) is obsessed with wolves and wanted the Wolves in the Walls, which we found at toys r us of all places, but, I held off after reading a bit. A bit too much for a kid her age. Not that I didn't expect that from Gaiman.

    "There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad." - Dali

    by the holy handgrenade on Tue Feb 01, 2005 at 06:54:27 PM PST

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    •  I Bring My Daughter (none)
      a book every time I visit.

      I also love Gaiman and have looked at both of those for her.  The Wolves one is too scary and the other one makes an adoption joke that wouldn't be appropriate for a child who was adopted.

      Oh well.

      Coraline is a good one so I guess when she gets older...

      •  how about... (none)
        Shel Silverstein or Dr. Suess?

        Where the Sidewalk Ends is excellent and Suess fills his stories with all sorts of socio-political themes...

        "There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad." - Dali

        by the holy handgrenade on Tue Feb 01, 2005 at 07:08:45 PM PST

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        •  The Second Book (none)
          I gave her was Shel Silverstein.  (The first was The Velveteen Rabbit which is a favorite of birthmothers.)

          Her (adoptive) dad gets her Dr. Suess books a lot.  I usually get her my favorites or ones with some kind of special significance- I love picking them out.  Some of my childhood faves:

          Caps for Sale

          There Is A Monster At the End of This Book (or whatever that Grover story is called)

          The Very Hungry Caterpillar

          Blueberries for Sal

        •  Re. Dr. Seuss and socio-political themes (none)
          Some of his WWII cartoons are really scary -- not him at his best by a long shot.

          But his children's books are another matter.

          I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth and I am a citizen of the world -- Eugene Debs

          by dove on Tue Feb 01, 2005 at 07:19:55 PM PST

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          •  I Have A Book (none)
            about his early stuff.  Forget the whole title but it's a joke about cough, plough, though, and other non-rhyming words with the same spellings.
          •  even his children's books... (none)
            are loaded with socio-political themes. Yertle the turtle reads as a tale of a ruler who puts their pursuit of power above the needs of their subjects. Sound like anyone we know?

            Or maybe, I'm just reading too much into his stories....

            "There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad." - Dali

            by the holy handgrenade on Tue Feb 01, 2005 at 07:29:12 PM PST

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            •  You're Not (none)
              His work is definitely intelligent reading.

              I think they did some documentary after he died which addressed this part of his writing.

              I do know that MAD magazine (yes, I subscribe) did a feature where they used Suess quotes and compared it to Bush quotes.

              It was fascinating.  In fact that whole issue was.  The cover was a Dr. Suess cover.

      •  Has your daughter read (none)
          Click, Clack, Moo by Deborah Cronin?
        It's a great wee book about cows who go on strike for electric blankets.

        Anything by Lynley Dodd is great too.

        I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth and I am a citizen of the world -- Eugene Debs

        by dove on Tue Feb 01, 2005 at 07:17:23 PM PST

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        •  Oddly enough... (none)
          Giggle Giggel Quack by Cronin sits on the floor next to my desk as we speak. Oh and it's for my daughter....that's the story I'm sticking with...

          "There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad." - Dali

          by the holy handgrenade on Tue Feb 01, 2005 at 07:19:42 PM PST

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        •  Thanks (none)
          for the tips.

          I saw this book about a worm who goes to school and stuff (It's like a worm diary) that I've been dying to get her but am trying to be patient til she gets just a wee bit older.

          This Christmas I got her a book called What Snowmen Do At Night.  It was really funny.  They're having snowball fights and drinking ice-cold chocolate and sledding and playing on the swings.  The illustrations are great.

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