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Holly

Cool and Cordless!!!

GetTheMessagesm

Get the Message
Skurzynski
1993

Thanks to the anonymous submitter for this catchy title from her  juvenile nonfiction section.  I wonder what the message is?  How about “this library is SO irrelevant!”

Mary

Your cat’s sex life

cats in love

My Cat’s in Love or, How to Survive Your Feline’s Sex life, Pregnancy and Kittening
Manolson
1970

Isn’t the cover of this book a hoot?  I also love the title.  There’s some useful information in this book, although I’m sure I could find it in a more current book than 1970.   It’s entirely possible that some of the spaying/neutering techniques have changed since then.  Either way,  I learned something here.  I didn’t know that the female equivalent to a “tom” cat is a “queen.”  Public libraries need to do better than this antique.

I think I will hand this off to Mary since she has more crazy cat lady potential!

Holly

Teach Those Kids a Lesson!

teacher spanks johnny

Teacher Spanks Johnny
Rovetta
1968

Submitter: The book is called Teacher Spanks Johnny: A Handbook for Teachersby Catherine Humbargar Rovetta and Leon Rovetta (I’d love to meet their children now).  Being a teacher myself, I just HAD to have this book.  Empty threats are no more in my classroom!  Not after a quick reference to page 18 in the chapter titled Force Used on Pupil By Teacher where it states that “five blows with a ping-pong paddle is not unreasonable force“.  (Actually, I’ve never even dared to bring this book into my school for fear of it falling out of my bag or being discovered by the wrong person).  Though the book is not loudly “condoning” corporal punishment in school, it does offer some sort of a shortcut for anyone in the mood to offer a few, quick lashes to a deserving student or two.  It is meant to help the teacher understand the possible consequences of their aggressive (yet nurturing?)  actions by referencing some similar court cases.  So – the author is basically saying,do what you want to these little insubordinates, but first see what happened to the last guy that did it.  If he’s not in trouble for doing it, then swing away!!

I do enjoy this book.  Every modern parent should read it before enrolling their student in a public school so they can finally take a break from pointing their fingers in our faces, put the phone down and thank us for coming so far today.  For what we must put up with in the course of one school day, I think it’s best to say that patience is a virtue and your children are lucky that they only got 10 minutes taken away from their recess – could have been a meter stick, is all I’m sayin’.”
Holly: That pretty much says it all. Thanks, submitter!