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Gone to the Dogs

How to Show Your Dog and Win - cover

 

How to Show Your Dog and Win
Unkelbach
1976

This looks like a fun little number from the children’s section. Children love dogs! It’s timeless!

Well…yes and no.

The dogs themselves are timeless. The pictures of the people handling them are very, very dated.

There is also an example of the application for the American Kennel Club, dated July 6, 1974. (See below) They are all downloadable now.

The picture of the dog licking the boy’s face (below) is gross. Many people will find it adorable, but that tongue is HUGE and he went for the eyeball. No thanks. (Before anyone gets upset – no, I would not weed it based on that. It’s just a personal observation.)

Dog shows are still popular, and books about dogs are a sure win in public library children’s departments. Books about how to show your dog are a great idea, but you can do better than this! Update!

-Holly

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Ukraine Then and…Then

Ukraine cover

 

Ukraine
Then and Now series
Lerner Publications Company. Geography Department
1993

Here’s the good news: there are some gorgeous photos of Ukrainian people and places in this book. It is also organized nicely for older children, with usable data laid out in an understandable way.

Here’s the bad news: it is 24 years old. Those were 24 big years in Ukrainian history, and the data is no longer accurate. Wikipedia is a better choice at this point.

Ukraine is in the news a lot, and a great choice for those country reports that students are always doing. Give a kid a chance. Update!

-Holly

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Friday Fiction – Anne of Green Gables

Series: Anne of Green GablesAnne of Green Gables (series)
Anne of the Island, Anne of Ingleside, and Further Chronicles of Avonlea
Montgomery
1915, 1939, and 1920 (original publication dates)

Submitter: 25 – 30 years ago, my mom sometimes worked a shift at a tiny branch library near our home. The whole family has since moved away, but a few days ago we did a road trip and visited old friends, and we stopped by the lovely new branch library that has replaced the tiny old one. While browsing along the YA shelves, I was stunned to see these books, sad remnants of the entire series that once lived on the shelves. As a kid, I frequently saw these exact volumes and marveled at their ugliness. They were old and hideous then, and were probably largely responsible for my reluctance to read anything Anne-ish. (Jonathan Crombie later changed my mind, and I read them many times over — in new paperback editions!). I can’t BELIEVE these books are still there. Somebody chose to pack them up and move them to the new branch! And clearly, new generations of young readers are still refusing to pick them up, because they aren’t worn out YET.

Holly: Wow! They really should replace these with newly published copies with modern-looking covers. A brand-new, squeaky-clean library branch deserves some shiny new classics. These have what Mary calls “mom stink” on them. Anything mom loved or that looks like it came from mom’s era is an automatic no-go for some kids. Depending on the publication date of these copies, they might be collector’s items! In other words, inappropriate for your basic public library teen collection where they will not be carefully handled.

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