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Picture books

2 years 6 months ago #11 by Melanie langeder
Hey everybody, hey naomi! I thought this would be a topic for the forum. I try as good as possible to lead our life with healthy food, we eat vegan and no industrial sugar, .... Now I m wondering about my sons books / books that I introduce to him. In a lot of really beautifully illustrated books there is cake, sausage, candy, cheese. . . Or locked down animals. I mean, in a way these are facts and reality, but would you not introduce books if there are stories that won't support your guidance? And another thing is, we had this book where a dog bit a rat to death. After looking at this book my son wanted to play this scene a lot in role games, him being the dog, someone else being the rat...
Do scenes like that cause aggression?

Would be interesting for me to hear/ read how you think about that!!

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2 years 6 months ago #13 by Naomi Aldort
Replied by Naomi Aldort on topic Picture books
Melanie, Thank you. You are right to be concerned and I hope you can take my strong words with an open heart and not blame yourself for anything. You are learning and thank you for your commitment to come here to share, ask and learn.

Books do leave strong impression on a young child and add to forming his frame of reference towards everything. There are plenty of books without cakes, candy, toys, or anything else unwanted. From classics like Winnie the Pooh (In its original non Disney form) to Harry and Shelbert, Slip the Otter, Anno's counting book, Toby the Zebra and many many more. The books that come with covert advertisement are often not even good stories nor good art and those are all important in forming the child's view of life, of her/his identity, and his/her taste and preferences.

As for the acting out: there is no need to give a child anxiety through scary stories either. He is playing the game to release himself from the anxiety of being the one harmed. Its his therapy. He is hoping to feel like he is the dog for relief from such anxiety. Let him keep playing until he is healed. He will stop when done. You can meanwhile tell him that he is safe and that was only a story. I would not read him such stories. Fear does not need nurturing.

Check each book by fully reading it before reading it to your very impressionable child. Avoid books with subliminal ads, violence, good guys and bad guys, patronizing, inequality/sexism, domination, victims etc. The examples I gave above are old books that will teach you how stories can be awesome without divisiveness or brainwash that supports the industry. Even "The engine that could," a very popular book, is all an ad for toys and candy, and for good and bad (creating anxiety in some as the child wonders if she is a “good” one who would get the toys and candy), and being the strongest and best and only. I hope this example is helpful, as it looks like such an innocent book and there are so many great books if you spend the time to select carefully.

I hope this helps you and others that you share with.
With care,
Naomi Aldort

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2 years 5 months ago #12008 by Melanie Langeder
Replied by Melanie Langeder on topic Picture books
Thank you for taking your Time, Naomi. I Look so forward to Talk on skype to you Some Day. I have so Many questions to you. All the Best you.

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