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This #Blogust, Give your Little One a Chance to be a Princess or a Pirate

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Does your little girl dream of being a Princess? Does your little guy fancy himself a pirate? Do they love to play dress up with their friends for parties?

So do I. In fact, when I’m not reviewing books, I host literature tea parties! We’ve done Fancy Nancy, Olivia, and so many Frozen parties I’ve lost track!  In August aka Blogust, we’re hosting a Fairy Tale party and the proceeds are going to go to [email protected]

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Why are we doing this? Because some kids don’t get vaccinated and as a result, they get sick and some even die. They never get a chance to dream about being princesses or knights or pirates or IronMan; and that makes me sad.  Why not have a party where everyone can dress up, play make believe and help other kids in the process?

It’s win-win, right?

Here’s the link if you’d like to attend the party or donate a ticket for someone:

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This #Blogust, give a kid a chance to pretend to be a princess or a pirate. Give a kid a shot at life of being a kid.  For every comment or blog post shared at the [email protected] website, Walgreens will donate 1 vaccine.  1 comment = 1 vaccine.

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Tween Book Club Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

I meet with a group of tweens (my tweenies) every month for a bookclub. This year I let the kids decide what books they wanted to read. It’s been an interesting assortment of middle grade literature that I am proud to have in my repertoire.  This month we discussed The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer, the boy from Glee.

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I’d received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book two years ago at BEA and I somehow never got around to it. I was happy to get a chance to read it with my Tweenies.  It’s a fun read if you like fairy tales. Colfer weaves a tale about a set of brother and sister twins who find themselves in an alternate universe! A universe of Fairy Tales.

It’s a clever ride through the magic kingdoms of your favorite fairytales.  I can’t wait to read the second book!

Next month we will discuss, The Name of this Book is Secret.  Have you read it?

 

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My Thoughts on the Frozen Craze. I don’t get it!?!

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It’s all the rage right now. You have to live under a rock to not have heard of it! My youngest is a teenager now so I’m kinda out of the loop with these kinds of things. Many of my friends, however, are crazy for it! Since I remember those days fondly of singing theme songs with my own little ones, I felt I needed to investigate and discover what all the fuss was about. As a side note, we have requests to host Frozen tea parties at the bookstore where I work.  Here’s a pic of one from a little while back.

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Isn’t it pretty?  So, I just HAD to know what all the fuss was about! After reading one of the books, here’s what I discovered:

  • Two sisters, who are PRINCESSES are orphaned
  • One of them has magic powers and hurts the other one
  • There is a snowman named Olaf
  • One becomes Queen but is unhappy
  • The other one falls in love but the guy is a jerk
  • The next guy she falls in love with tries to kill her sister with the magic powers
  • She steps in, saves her sister’s life and they all live happily ever after

Ok so I may have abbreviated just a bit. I was reading a Little Golden Book version which may have oversimplified the story. But here’s the question, do young girls need a love story?

I’m thinking back to every single fairy tale I’ve ever read and loved. The key to each story was find your Prince  Charming and your life will be instantly better.  And now that I have a teenaged girl (GAH!) I wonder if that’s the message I want planted in her brain.

I’m all for dressing up and feeling special and having a good time.  I’m just not sure that the message of finding your one true love still holds true in today’s society?

To be sure, Idina Menzel does rock as a singer.  I have yet to hear the song all the way through, but what I’ve heard is good.

What are your thoughts on Frozen? Am I off the mark? Overthinking? Too feminist thinking? A scrooge?  Tell me!