Lauowolf’s Indulgences? They sure suggest weird titles. How about, I was just thinking about some b


I was talking with my kid about books she remembers from kindergarten.

The first one is Brush.
The teacher who read it to them in class really, really liked it.
It has a shiny cover, and product tie-ins, and a *lesson.*
The Rainbow Fish has special shiny scales, and the other fish don't like him, because he's all icky and different and has special scales.
So then he gives away his scales to the other fish, until everyone has just one scale and they are all alike and happy and friends now.
Just what little kids need, lessons in conformity.
Oh, and they like being preached at too.
She came home ranting.
Hated it, hated it, hated it.
"Why is it his fault that that's what his scales are like; isn't that just the kind of fish he is?"
"Why do they have to all be alike before they can like him?"

The other book we found on Reading Rainbow (great show!).
A little boy can't have a puppy, so he befriends an old brush, putting it on a leash and treating it like a pet.
His parents worry.
Then the brush defends the family when burglars break in.
Kid gets to keep his strange pet.
It has the weird energy kids playing can get.
They never read this one at kindergarten, but she's still got a copy.

So I went to pick up some images from Amazon.
Lots of praise for Rainbow Fish.
"…being proud of outside beauty can blind a fish, or a child…to the beauty people hold inside….
It's a useful one for future sneaker and designer clothing shoppers, for rainbow fish — and for quieter, plainer minnows, too."
Well, that seems like a stretch to me, but okay….

But the review for Brush is really weird.
"It's quite a let-down. Despite the child's vivfiying act of imagination, he is still rewarded with nothing more than an old brush; it's just not the equivalent of a lively puppy."
Excuse me, School Library Journal reviewer idiot, but we are in fantasy land where the brush is a living and beloved pet.
I like a lively puppy as much as the next person, but the kid is not complaining.
Is it just that they can't stand leaving the character embedded in his imagination?

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Good points. Children ought to be taught that different doesn't necessarily mean wrong. Kudos to your daughter for recognizing that.


  2. I can't wait for the "Comb". Yeah, put a puppy where a puppy should be.


  3. Well, duh, an old brush is not a puppy. But the kid can't have a puppy. So he is adjusting to a situation. Adapting! Learning to make do without something he wants and to appreciate something he DOES have.Sheesh!Hahahaha. I love the fact that the brush saves the family from a burglar.Go brushy! *looks more closely at her own brushes* Hmmm.And yes, let's hear it for your daughter! I just LOVE it when they question and search and think about things…not just taking in whatever someone tells them as the gospel truth!


  4. Lauri–Yeah, none of my brushes seem that devoted.Though in the book, the brush, as drawn, becomes subtly puppy-like, and cute and affectionate.And it's nice that the parents, who are initially clueless — I think they make him give up a puppy — and are thinking about intervening with the kid's weird brush fixation, finally get it that the kid is right, and don't separate him from it.


  5. Sounds like an incredibly wise book to me! I like it!


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