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Creepy Kids with Tools

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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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We can’t afford it!

joy berry's book we can't afford itWhat to do when your mom or dad says…
“We can’t afford it”
Berry
1983

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…)

Mary

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Library Skills for the Kids

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Developing Library Skills
Guide to Discovering and Using Library Resources
Lakritz
1989

As we close out our National Library Week posts, we need to have something for the kids. I know we want the kids to know all about the card catalog and the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature. This is more about teaching tools. The worksheets aren’t too bad if you were in the 4th grade in the mid 1980s. I think we can safely weed this one. It is probably outdated for the parents of the intended audience.

Mary

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