Submitter: The puppets in this book are the stuff of nightmares. The one positive thing I can say is that the directions and illustrations are clear and easy to follow, but this book is well overdue for an update.
Holly: Ohhhh, puppets. Our readers have strong feelings about them. Honestly, I’ve seen worse, but this is hanging out in a youth craft collection, so an update would be great. 1994 doesn’t seem so awfully long ago, but it was 23 years ago as of this writing. That’s a generation of people, so the kids it was purchased for are now bringing their kids to the library. That “Crown Prince” puppet, pictured below, looks like King Friday! Cute.
Also, what’s the guy with the arrow on the horse doing on the cover? That doesn’t seem to match the puppet theme.
What to do when your mom or dad says…
“We can’t afford it”
Joy Berry is a regular here at ALB. We have posted some of her stuff before here and here. Usually, these books are about a specific problem from a child’s point of view. Today’s “We can’t afford it” title is about budgeting and making money. I just cringed when job loss was just another day at the office, and garbage collectors were dissed. I also kind of wanted to slap those kids upside the head for being complainers. (Probably not a good idea…)
The Spirits of ’76
I was in high school in 1976 and the Bicentennial was the all the rage. Sloane was landscape artist and illustrator. This book was probably one of the many books of Americana that was popular due to the upcoming bicentennial. Part essay and part illustration, it was more of a gift book to display and was probably a good choice for a library back in the day. I weeded this last year since there were zero checkouts since 1995, the year of the library’s first automation.
For a public library, this is one you can let go. Moody teen that I was, I remember being really sick of all the Bicentennial stuff. I have wondered if any of the paraphernalia from that time is collectible. (Pet Rocks need not apply.)