Finding Mommy

Now more than ever, we need books about mothers. We need our own connection restored, and we need to forge it fresh for our own children all year round, after all the Mother’s Day cards have been taken off the shelves.

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Sharing a World

I look for small ways to help the older realize his brother is not merely a supporting role in his story, but has a story of his own. It’s a lesson I want them to take to heart about humanity in general. I have found a few picture books that help my cause.

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Moo!

As human beings, we approach the unfamiliar through the familiar… My mooing son is actually telling me a story, you see, as best he is able. Unable to describe fully what he means, he resorts to telling a story instead, one that recreates his own experience so he can share it with me.

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Essential Troll and Child Care

Scandinavian myth is a treasure trove of tales where a central, redeeming love is that of a sibling rather than a lover. In these stories, the warmth of fraternal responsibility is celebrated as a social ideal, and held up in sharp contrast to the inhuman society of trolls as the symbol of its (North) polar opposite.

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Smurf and Re-Smurf

The real power of the in-continuity revival is its ability to bridge an original audience with a new one. Fans of the prior version are not alienated since they are in fact watching “the same” show or movie they have always loved. New viewers, however, feel they are seeing something new and exciting, not some geeky rerun. When shared with someone you love, the in-continuity revival can be an entertaining bonding experience through story and shared character.

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