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Great book... with a fatal (avoidable) flaw,
This review is from: The Windvale Sprites (Hardcover)
I read this book to my six-year-old daughter, who enjoyed the story, asked lots of questions and loved the author's illustrations.
Unfortunately the publishers have missed its potentially fatal flaw. Early on in the book there's a paragraph that explodes the myth of Father Christmas. There really should be a warning, or it be taken out of the next edition. I had to very quickly change the character to the Tooth Fairy to protect my girl's innocence about Santa. I really couldn't back out of it any other way - children know when you're trying to cover something up. If I'd known beforehand I could have skipped the paragraph.
As it is she now knows there's no such thing as the Tooth Fairy - rather ironic in a book about fairies...
Otherwise a lovely book!
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Initial post: 28 Feb 2014 12:21:42 GMT
Gareth Waterman says:
Disappointment regarding the Father Christmas reference is understandable. It's also good to have this highlighted by readers. It is worth saying too though that the recommended age for this book (publisher notes/book store categories/sorting on web-sites) is 9+, at which age this should be less of an issue. I'm not sure we need a parental guidance system for book content given how easy it is to check the recommended readership age group.
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2014 14:39:22 GMT
Point taken, but take a look at Amazon's Kids' books age-group recommendations. They're way out, and I take a few years off to make them realistic. Ages 5-8 include The Gruffalo and The Tiger That Came To Tea. This book might be recommended for ages 9+ for self reading but such books are often read to younger children by parents.
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