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Steven is Retarded

My Brother Steven is Retarded
Sobol
1977

Submitter: We found this *horror* while weeding a school library. Perhaps once upon a time this may have been helpful to a elementary/middle school child, but now it’s just awful. And it’s photographs, so Steven is probably still out there, as well as his sister. Can you imagine a sibling bringing this book home today?

Holly: There are definitely better books on the subject (with  more current photographs and terminology) today! The content seems very candid, though, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Kids probably really have these thoughts. I’m with submitter, though – it may have been helpful back in the day but should really be replaced with something more current.

More Books on the Developmentally Disabled:

Crafts for (the) Retarded?

Training Retarded Babies

Siblings of Retarded Children

Church for the Retarded

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Spanking vs Doctor Appointment

I’d Rather Get a Spanking Than Go To the Doctor
Frandsen
1987

This title isn’t at all creepy.

Thanks to an alert Twitter follower, I was referred to this title and couldn’t wait to see if someone had it locally. I was not disappointed!

The premise is that a little girl is told she has to go to the doctor for some shots. The girl then lists all the things she would rather do instead including cleaning her room and even getting a spanking. She ends up at doctor’s office and getting her shots. The book never does talk about what actually is involved in getting a shot and the illustrations don’t help explain either.

I understand the point, but the execution is not that great. The book is also stained (God, I hope it is coffee!)  I say weed it and get something newer.

Mary

 

More medical books for the kids:

Doctor Stuff

The Doctor is In

This Won’t Hurt a Bit

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A Show of Hands

A Show of Hands: Say it in Sign Language
Sullivan and Bourke
1980

Submitter: We’re a mid-size Canadian public library with quite a big collections budget, so heaven only knows why we still had this ancient and hilarious book when we have much newer (and less inadvertently hilarious and awful) ones! It also had a spine label done on a type-writer, which is how I initially found it—I scan the shelves for those babies!

Holly: Sorry the pictures are so small (see below). The signs on the pages are for the days of the week. I don’t really get it, though. It takes her a week to get out a sneeze? She sneezes every day of the week? WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE??

More Bad Language:

Russian Phrase Book

Talking the Talk

Mama Mia!

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