And it's back to We Recommend, where my girls and I use our
to figure out the exact right book recommendation for whomever writes
in to ask. Just send us a description of the kid you're talking about,
what he or she likes and does like, any other relevant (or irrelevant,
why not?) information, and we'll dip into our collective
unconsciousness and come up with the perfect book, which will
inevitably be overshadowed by the amazing and insightful
recommendations from the commenters. So go ahead, test us!
So my, er, troubles with Strawberry Shortcake continue to yield yet more fruit (ouch, sorry). For one thing, Diana took me aside and said, "You seem embarrassed by what you said about Strawberry Shortcake, but I don't think you should be. What you said was right." I feel I should have tape recorded her so I can play it over and over for myself as she moves through adolescence. And then there's this note from a reader:
I haven't read these books (thank goodness). I'm just curious
to know if you can recommend some books that are the antithesis of the SS
books. Books about not conforming, or thinking for yourself, etc. I have an
almost 3 year old who LOVES to be read to, and likes girly stuff – I'm running
out of options.
There's something oppressively ironic about finding a book that encourages independence: go ahead, be independent! Now, I tell you! Don't follow others, stop it right now. Only follow me when I tell you to be…independent.
But that little semantic dance is just going to suck you down the whirling vortex into paralysis (trust me on this). So, focus: what to read a 3-year-0ld girl who likes girly stuff?
I appreciate this particularly because it looks for that worthy place where girly stuff is combined with independence, instead of shoved aside. All too often we get the flip side of the coin: be a tomboy, damnit! Because that's independent! When it's just another pressure to conform to a slightly different set of expectations.
Anyway, I'm going obvious here:
I love these books. I'm going with this one because it seems to fit the situation best, but I would definitely say the Wemberly Worries is also a huge favorite, and all the ones about Chester and Lily together….
But there's also Frances, of Bread and Jam fame, along with Iris and Walter, which I just love unreasonably. But I feel, also, that this particular topic will bring forth many, many opinions. So, what are they?