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Sep
2
2002
Now that the school year is here, so have those Scholastic book order forms appeared. I hate having to tell Destiny 'no,' and I somewhat worry about what the teacher thinks about such a smart little girl not being allowed to buy books.

If only the teacher could see Destiny's room, or observe Des at garage sales. Every other weekend or so, Des spends a couple bucks on books. If you're familiar with how thrift shops and garage sales price their literature sections, you'll know that Destiny has built quite a library in her room. We're going to buy another set of bookshelves for her room later today.

I only have two rules when it comes to books: nothing based on a toy, TV, or movies. I don't count things like books published before they were made into movies, and so forth. These rules are becoming very difficult to follow, especially considering what those Scholastic book order forms are full of. Scholastic isn't all that bad, but it's clear that product tie-ins are a large part of their business, especially since they produce TV shows based on the books they sell. This is part of why we don't watch TV much. Entertainment and imagination is falling into second place, behind developing product recognition. Making a profit isn't a bad thing, and entertainment does have value, but does everything have to qualify as advertising for something else?

However, these rules are a perfect filter for sorting the gold from the pyrite. The books she has are some of the best I could imagine a kid having, and Des is lucky enough to have both quality and quantity. For the price of a $8 Disneyfied book in Scholastic, Destiny can get a month's worth of bedtime readi



great rules, and good for you for encouraging destiny to love books at an early age, something my mom and dad did for us kids. i am still a voracious reader, and consider it to be one of the things that lifts me from the commonplace into the clouds.

--skippy , 9/5/2002 00:35:26


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