Paul Revere: Patriot And Craftsman
Submitter: I’ll be blunt, our children’s librarian is a wonderful person, but getting her to weed the kids’ books is like trying to pull a piranha’s teeth. She once held onto a New Kids On The Block book until she loudly heard a 9 year old girl saying “EEWWW!” That was three years ago. I’ve seen her keep biographies of sports heroes from the 80s – for a long time she kept children’s biographies on Princess Diana and Mother Theresa – that were written while they were still alive!
This one, however, caught my eye. It’s a primary kids biography on Paul Revere from 1974. While I’m sure it’s pretty good despite it’s age, one thing really caught my eye. Paul there looks a lot like Archie Bunker! Granted, little kids probably don’t know whom Archie was – unless their parents took time to explain the joke about “Archie’s Throne” in Night At The Museum Two: Battle For The Smithsonian. However, I can’t look at this and think “Great patriot.” I look at it and think about that time Sammy Davis Jr kissed Archie on the cheek.
Holly: Well, that pretty much says it all! Every now and then we think it’s fun to post a book with a weird cover. Paul Revere looks exactly like Archie Bunker! We’re not suggesting it be weeded unless it’s in bad condition. This one’s just for a laugh, my friends!
Even my 50 year old self knows this is an awesome find! Not sure this is still a good book for the youth biography-especially since it hasn’t been checked out since 1999. It is in great shape though.
BTW, I put the song MMM Bop in the category of ear worms. God forbid I start hearing this in my sleep again.
Ok, it’s time for some more youth biographies from yesteryear. I always feel these types of postings make for great discussions on collection development. We have a couple of choices here for you to debate in your library. Enjoy!
For the record, I wanted a Dorothy Hamill haircut when I was in high school. Ladies my age will probably remember Dorothy more for the hair than the ice skating. I do miss the days of Olympic ice skating when Dorothy Hamill and Peggy Fleming were the stars..
Need more ice skating? How about this one:
Eric Heiden : Winner in Gold
Eric Heiden is a legend in speed skating circles. Should you keep the book until his records are broken? This book is missing several interesting facts about his life: he had an award-winning cycling career in the mid-80’s and became an orthopedic surgeon in the early 90’s. We have talked about this before – the fact that a book doesn’t cover someone’s entire life doesn’t make it a bad book. It does make it a less relevant book for public library collections 30 years later.
Thank you, submitter!