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Two Children’s Books

51zzHJ-RcWL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-57,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_49 Excuses for Not Tidying Your Bedroom

By  James Warwood

We bought this book on a day that was too cold and wet to play outside. My kids, who are 5, 7, and 9, love being read to, and I thought this would be a fun way for us to spend a few minutes.

It didn’t work out that way. The writing is too advanced for the two little ones to even understand:

“Thanks to meditation I’ve discover (sic) my deeply spiritual inner self that doesn’t require a tidy bedroom to experience lasting happiness and inner peace…you look stressed, maybe you should try it too.”

Excuse after excuse, my children stare blankly at the page. My 9 year-old, in the meantime, walks off.

I enjoy many of our children’s books. But neither the excuses nor the illustrations get more than a slight and fleeting smile out of any of us.

51jMOohfbgL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-52,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_The Ant and the Bird

By Rachel Rogers

A “little black ant” gets rescued by a friendly bird, who then takes the ant home. His birdy friends, however, are not impressed. Not until the ant proves his worth.

This is a familiar story—remember You’re Too Small?—with new characters. But these characters are likable, and the rhymes are catchy:

“This ant is my friend

replied the kind bird

He isn’t for eating,

That is truly absurd.”

I read this for my 5-year-old, but my 7 and 9 year olds (and their daddy) enjoyed it too.

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A husband and daddy, striving to love his neighbors and be kind to his pets. I love this life, good food, good beer, and a few good friends. My other interests are hiking, taking walks, lifting weights, reading books by manly authors like Hemmingway and Twain, and splitting fire wood with my bare hands.

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