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Mail Harry to the Moon (Robie H. Harris)

Not Recommended, Not Repeatable

An older sibling tries to adjust to having a newborn in the house.  He has several suggestions for what to do about the pesky infant, for example, that he should be flushed down the toilet, thrown in the trash, and as the title suggests, mailed to the moon.  There are many books about how to help older children adjust to a new addition to the family, and though this one is humorous and has cute illustrations, that’s ultimately all it is — which is a missed opportunity, really.  The book could easily have come up with a reason or resolution for the older sibling’s angst.  Instead, he wakes up one day, worries that his brother really was mailed to the moon, and observes that baby Harry is too little to take care of himself, and should be brought back.  Again, while this isn’t terrible, it also isn’t recommendable, mostly because the subject matter makes it a wasted opportunity.

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Maybe a Bear Ate It! (Robie H. Harris)

Recommended, Repeatable

This is a very cute book for a probably limited toddler and slightly up age group — it starts with several pages without any text at all, showing a kiddie critter bonding with his favorite book.  In the morning, the book is gone, and the critter imagines a variety of scenarios for what might have happened (a shark swallowed it, an elephant sat on it, etc). The pictures and scenarios are all wildly entertaining, and the blank pages at the beginning will draw your toddlers’ eyes while giving you, the parent, an opportunity to narrate in any way you like.  The story is a simple one, so the age range your kid will enjoy this is probably limited, but for toddlers whose vocabularies are just emerging, this is perfect.

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