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Small Wolf


Small Wolf

Submitter: I found this lovely lesson in racism in our Early Readers section. I would hesitate to share this with any child without lots of explanation, but particularly not with a child just learning to read. Yikes!

Holly: I’m dying to know what happened in the story! Submitter included a page where someone or something was shot, and there was a thunk…what was it?? Really, though, let’s let this one go to the great fairy tale Thanksgiving in the sky (also known as the Friends of the Library Book Sale).


More Questionable Content:

I is for Indian

Why the Chinese Are the Way They Are

Two Times the Fun with Eskimos!

Jungle Life

Bang Bang You’re Dead


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How to Write a Great School Report


How to Write a Great School Report
James and Barkin

Submitter: We found this on the shelves at our public library this year, and kept it as an example for staff. The sections on how to find information in a physical card catalog, and how to format a paper – handwritten in cursive; would not be particularly helpful to students writing a report today. The instructions are pre-Internet, so a number of problems if a student today tried to use it for a reference.

Holly: Oh good, just what our high school and college patrons need! Never mind those pesky library databases that we spend thousands on, and don’t bother with word processing software either. Heck, changes in citation styles are probably just “suggestions” too. What could possibly go wrong if a student uses this for report-writing help?



More School Help:

Cutting Edge Research @ Your Library

So You Have to Write a Term Paper


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Grab a Dummy!

Fun With Ventriloquism
Van Rensselaer

As a kid, I thought ventriloquism was kind of cool and do remember Edgar Bergen and Shari Lewis. In 1968, I would have been all over this book (if the puppets weren’t too creepy). This particular book probably hadn’t seen much action since the catalog was automated.

So, break out the dummy and head to the library so you can be just like Shari Lewis.


More ventriloquism books:

Ventriloquism for Fun and Profit

Creepy or Clever?

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