Friday, April 23, 2010

Smile a Lot! by Nancy Carlson

Smile a Lot! (Nancy Carlson's Neighborhood) image Smile a Lot! by Nancy Carlson

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


Smile A Lot! is a cute book with what seems to be a really cute storyline. It's all about how smiling makes your day better, makes friends easier, and makes bad situations better. While all of that may be true, the book also gives examples of deciding to play on the monkey bars when the swings are full and "smile a lot" so that the kids will think you are having more fun than they are and then the swings will open up and you can swing. In reality, this is teaching children to smile to get their way. It's manipulating.

Most of the book is okay, but there is enough that represents manipulation that I would rather not read this to my kids.

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