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Don’t Call Me Fatso

Don't Call Me Fatso coverDon’t Call Me Fatso
Philips
1993

Submitter: This is a “sensitive” story about Rita who is overweight. Rita has to face being weighed in front of her entire class and being told she needs to go on a diet. She then is bullied by her classmates in art class and swim class. She uses food to deal with her emotions. But after some effort, Rita finally looses weight where she is told she is a healthy girl and no one bullies her anymore.

This book came to our attention after a horrified story time mom found it on the shelf. The book has not circulated in at least ten years. I took the time to read the book and the story has a lot of mixed messages. Childhood obesity is certainly an important, but complex topic, that would be difficult to tell in a short children’s story. A lot of things are glossed over like bullying and self-esteem. The doctor says she needs a diet at one weight and then after losing only 5 pounds she is suddenly healthy. I don’t know how one writes a book for kids on this topic, but this one is not it.

Holly: Books like this bother me more than just about any other thing. Jennifer Jean the Cross-Eyed Queen got her eyes fixed and suddenly had friends. Maggie went on a diet and suddenly had friends. Make it stopppppp!

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Creepy Kids with Tools

i can use tools cover

I Can Use Tools
Kesselman and Peterson
1981

I am all about maker type materials and info for kids in the public library setting. This book is pretty basic and does outline the most common tools. Good idea. However, the more I looked at this book, the more creeped out I became because of the illustrations of the kids. What is with the eyes and the duck-like faces? Then it was the hands in the picture below. I thought the hands were completely out of proportion and then I thought she had 6 fingers until I looked closely. Just no.

Text is fine, it is just these creepy kids. (They will probably grow up to be professional clowns.)

Mary

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Boy Scouts collect stamps

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Stamp Collecting
Boy Scouts of America
1993

I couldn’t believe that the date on this book was 1993. The pictures seem to be much older.  Stamp collecting is still a big hobby and there are many more current books on stamp collecting. I am not sure I would add this to the collection, unless there is a current need for scouting material. I hope the scouts have updated this particular book.

And then we have the back cover advertising a subscription to Boy’s Life. I guess the scouts are into some cultural appropriation after they get the stamp collections done.

Mary

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