Children’s book snark, round two!

Curious George Color Fun:

So Curious George is curious about colors, as the book starts out. Then he looks at some thing of each color, one color per page. First, while I know an orange is the definitive orange thing, it’s awkward to say “orange orange” when I’m repeating the color while pointing out the object for emphasis.

Second, the book goes through the colors of the spectrum – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo… purple. No, no, no, it should be violet in that context!

Third, and worst of all, the purple page doesn’t even its own stuff. Just “Here’s a rainbow for you!” with some purple balloons. Purple totally gets cheated.

Spoiler alert: All of the actual text of the book is included in this post.

Touch and Feel Shapes:

Half the shapes in this book includes buttons as one of the object. It’s like the writers (do these kind of books have “writers”?) were feeling really lazy and thought, ‘eh, let’s just find some square buttons for this one’. Then the ‘feel’ part is rather arbitrary as well. There’s a rectangular ‘fluffy pencil case’ as if pencil cases were fluffy by nature. Also, just like the orange orange above, it’s awkward to point out a triangle [music] triangle.

Touch and Feel Pets:

“Be gentle when touching the cat’s wiry whiskers.” I understand that they wanted a variation from a bunch of ‘feel this fur’ so I didn’t think much of this, until Cameron tried to gently grab Merlin’s whiskers. This book is teaching bad habits!

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