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Books for the kids

A Bloody Choice

Blood and its cargo cover

Blood and Its Cargo
Kalina
1974

Here we go with another health book for the kids. Now is your chance to learn all about BLOOD! My problem with this book is the awful line drawings. It looks like “Flat Stanley” had some kind of terrible disfiguring accident. For the most part, the book is low on real information and some of the text seems odd or poorly designed on the book. I was almost thinking this was some weird poem.

Mary

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Paperback Retirement

damaged cover of goosebumps

Goosebumps
Escape from the Carnival of Horrors
Stine
1995

This book was given to us by a Page with the note slapped on the cover. You can see the back cover also suffered some stress as well. This particular paperback had nearly 100 checkouts when it was retired. Given the condition, I am going to guess that was maybe 50 circs too many. Damaged books are easy weeders and can improve the look of a collection without too much trauma on those folks who maybe like to hang on to stuff a bit too long. It is also a good strategy if a library hasn’t been weeded in a while. In a way, we should be proud when books like this have served the public well. I am quite sure that this book was pretty much loved to death.

Mary

 

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Private Zone!

private zone cover

Private Zone
Dayee
1982

Another book for parents and kids to keep them all nice and safe. Not bad, but certainly not great. Since this book was published in the early 1980s, most people believed that sexual assault was the creepy stranger, when in actuality it is more likely to be someone known to the victim. This publication coincides with national media coverage of the disappearance of Etan Patz  and the murder and abduction of Adam Walsh.

There is, and was, a lot of material produced that addressed the issues of stranger danger and child exploitation. Not surprisingly, quite a few titles have ended up memorialized here on our site for a variety of reasons. Be sure to check out the links to other titles.

Mary

Strangers Among Us

To Catch a Predator

Those Deadly Strangers

Stranger Danger (Again!)

It’s Okay to Say Don’t

Satan for Kids

For those of you new to our site, please take a look at this book. I promise that it will not disappoint. It must be seen to be believed!

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