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Never read Babar as a kid, never paid much attention to it, but as an adult I can only see the weird bourgeois assimilation angle. The narrative has him watch his mother die, escape from the wild into the city to become a "civilised" gentrified elephant, then head back into the wild in splendour to marry his cousin & rule over the rest. To be fair, the art is lovely. But otherwise, kind of an iffy story. #ChildrensClassicRead2023 @TheBookHippie

batsy Yet another eye-opening children's read and an intriguing comparison to Bambi. This essay by Faiza Guene on Babar is a lovely piece https://lithub.com/on-babar-model-of-integration-or-crumbling-myth-2/ (I enjoyed Guene's Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow.) 2mo
AlaMich I have never read it either, but it sounds weird from your description. 2mo
batsy @AlaMich As a kid I would have probably just loved the adorable elephant! But now there's an underlying message that is not great. And looking it up I see that it's something that's been discussed for some time. 2mo
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Bookish_Gal I loved the book as a kid. Show too. Since my class on analyzing children books, my whole view has switched upside down. While I‘d never say I saw that as a kid, it‘s so clear as an adult. 2mo
GingerAntics I‘m seeing a lot of the problems now, too. It‘s kind of sad. 2mo
TheBookHippie Ooo thanks for the link. I‘m always amazed at what we learn in this journey of reading children‘s classics. 2mo
batsy @Bookish_Gal Yes! It's definitely hard to see it as a kid, I think. Because it's stuff that comes with experience and knowing how the world works. But a great book for parents and kids to discuss together. 2mo
batsy @GingerAntics It's sad when beloved childhood faves take on a different tone in adulthood. I hope you read Guene's essay that I linked in the replies. I love that she mentions that she'll still treasure what she loved about it as a child. 2mo
batsy @TheBookHippie Yes! And I found it really illuminating that this came after Bambi. Two very different books using animal story analogies with an underlying theme on survival. 2mo
batsy @TheBookHippie *of survival 2mo
TheBookHippie @batsy I agree one hundred percent!!! 2mo
merelybookish "kind of an iffy story" ? #understatement 2mo
Ann_Reads A good review @Batsy. I didn't care for tale either. Even the anthropomorphized illustrations bothered me. What baby elephant who had recently watched his mother be killed would immediately head to the city and seek out a tailor's shop to buy a suit? Beyond the gentrification issue, in a way, the story just seemed silly. 2mo
GingerAntics @batsy I can‘t even remember what I loved about it as a child. That‘s the weird part. 2mo
batsy @Ann_Reads Great point! It was overly twee and Babar is a blank slate of a character. 2mo
Suet624 My mother never read Babar to me - she was a Just So Stories fan. But I read the book to two of my kids and a stepson. My only answer to why I never questioned what I was reading is that I had too many kids, too many jobs, too much drink by the time bedtime came along (that was a long time ago now) and my brain was fried. 😊 2mo
batsy @Suet624 Oh for sure, Sue. We do the best we can 🙂 There was a lot of racism in the Enid Blyton books I loved as a kid and that my nephews used to ask me to read to them—they grew out of it faster than I did and identified the troubling bits when they were older. So maybe the kids are alright 💕 2mo
tpixie @Suet624 ❤️😂❤️ 2mo
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Human Nature | Paul Cornell
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Cinfhen Thanks for my daily Madonna fix 3y
EadieB @Cinfhen I'm enjoying Madonna too even though some of the videos are pretty suggestive! 3y
Cinfhen Ha! #understatement 😁😂 3y
EadieB @Cinfhen Funny! But that's what Madonna is - a person of shock value! 3y
Cinfhen Exactly ~ she LOVES to push buttons 3y
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Rain storm: Five Days at Memorial ( Hurricane Katrina) #understatement


Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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So far, so cute. But yet another book that confirms that I could not date in today's world. And I certainly don't have the money to pay for high end escorts. #audiobooks

Ashley_Nicoletto 🤣🤣 Dating in today's world is difficult. #understatement 5y
Eelijah Lol! It‘s someone for everybody, just don‘t look 👀, that special someone will come..... 5y
MidnightBookGirl @Eelijah I've been married for almost 16 years now, but we just met through work. I'm just thankful I don't have to date these days. ;) 5y
Eelijah @MidnightBookGirl see, that someone came 16-years-ago! 🙂 5y
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