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Special Ed for Kids

Learning My Way
I’m a Winner
Swenson and Kunz
1986

This is part of a series on helping children cope with social situations, friendship, and other minefields of life. This book walks children through the diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities. In this kid’s case, ADHD.

I get the intention of these books, but I am not a fan. They usually have no story or read like a textbook. In this case, we also get the bonus of few illustrations. (The cover really bugs me. The kid’s arms seem wrong.) I also have to wonder how you get a kid with attention problems to sit still long enough to read this boring story.

Mary

More Special Ed:

The Retarded Reader

Special Ed

Living Fully

Training Retarded Babies

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Mr T saves the day

Tackle Block Stop
Graeber
1985

Evidently, Mr T was the star of a few children’s books that featured some of the pressing issues of the day. We featured this gem around in 2010. Again Mr T was advising on bike theft. Today’s selection is a quick lesson about sexual abuse. Bottom line: tell your parents. The end. We never do learn if our protagonist was believed or if the perp was “given help”.

Mary

More kids in trouble:

Gayness explained (so awful, you must see to believe!)

Not in Room 204

Right Touch

Touched

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Bang Bang You’re Dead

Bang Bang You’re Dead
Fitzhugh and Scoppettone
1969.

Submitter: Target audience on cover flap: K-3.  In today’s climate, kids shooting guns, kids aiming guns at one another – heck, guns in general! – in a children’s book are tough to explain. Some of the text, such as “‘I got you dead,’ said Bert. “Bang!’ ‘I got you dead back,’ yelled James. They all lay dead.” and “’Yeah, we’ll fix those skunks. Let’s chop off their heads!’”will touch a nerve it probably wouldn’t have touched in 1969. The kids fight and treat each other terribly, calling nasty names and actually bloodying each other’s faces. While in the end, they all agree to share, they walk away dripping blood from their faces.  I found this on the shelf today, and given Newtown (we’re in Connecticut!) and Orlando, and all of the other gun violence… this is a truly AWFUL library book. I can’t weed it fast enough!

Holly: Not to mention it’s 47 years old…

More Questionable Children’s Books:

Dougal the Drunk Bear

Phonics Phun

D is for Dying

Beyond  Awful…the “Great” Beyond

Redneck Night Before Christmas

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