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Magical childhood memories, 20 Mar. 2007
One night singing nursery rhymes to my son and searching my memory for some new refrains, I suddenly remembered Nilsson's magical tale of 'The Point' that I would listen to as a child over 30 years ago. I have not heard the album since then, but I can still recall many of the melodies and words (and indeed emotions engendered) and I now want to share them with my boy. I also remember a fab illustrated booklet that went with the vinyl version (I think it was a printed booklet and not the cartoon I remember??, and I asked my parents if they still had it. Sadly the booklet has been lost but they still have the record - however I no longer have a record player so I am very pleased to find I can now get a version on CD! I can't wait for it to drop through my letterbox. 'The Point' is the story of a boy, Oblio, who grows up in a world where everyone else has a pointed head - but his head is round. Oblio is banished and told to get himself a pointed head. We are taken on a journey whereby Oblio meets some very weird characters along the way and plunges ito deep turmoil about his condition. But he eventually learns to accept that he is different, and starts to celebrate his difference. At this point he is welcomed back into the fold and everyone agrees to live together in harmony. All very 70's. This is a parable about tolerance that has some good messages in it for children today.