?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Yes, but is our children learning? - Baxil [bakh-HEEL'], n. My Sites [Tomorrowlands] [The TTU Wiki] [Photos]
View My LJ [By Tag]


July 7th, 2005
06:37 pm
[User Picture]

[Link]

Previous Entry Share Next Entry
Yes, but is our children learning?
So our office just received a promotional copy of a children's book by a local author: "The Pink Sneakers Caper."

It's brightly illustrated, contains a chocolate chip cookie recipe, and has a page at the end with discussion questions for your children. It's obvious this is meant to be a read-to-your-kids, show-them-the-pretty-pictures sort of book.

And there, it revs on all cylinders. The delightful footprint-camera inventions of Dr. Gus Zebirdski and the heroism of the riot-gear-equipped Cookie Theft Squad are sure to amuse and entertain kids of all ages. From the suspenseful discovery made by Officer Shorty Longfellow to the climactic pronouncement of Judge Baldwin O'Shellneck, the story develops into a classic morality tale of theft, redemption, and unexpected sleepwalking.

What I most found myself amused by, however, was the book's vocabulary.

Poll #528011 Ever-so-soft, ever-so-sweet chickity, chickity, chickity chocolate chip cookies! (tm)

Which word or words were NOT in "The Pink Sneakers Caper"?

modulator
0(0.0%)
distinguished
2(10.5%)
cognizant
3(15.8%)
energy-optic
7(36.8%)
"The Really Really Good Stuff Bakery"
2(10.5%)


(By the way. Parents, please remind your precious sons and daughters that no matter how angry they might get, it's still not appropriate to call the other kids "cognizant modulators" on the playground at school.)

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Fatboy Slim, "Demons"

(6 comments | Leave a comment)

Comments
 
[User Picture]
From:ngarewyrd
Date:July 8th, 2005 02:00 am (UTC)
(Link)
if I were to guess, I would have to say None of those words are NOT used in this book,

which I did *grins*
[User Picture]
From:baxil
Date:July 8th, 2005 06:24 am (UTC)
(Link)
Very perceptive, young padawan! ;)
[User Picture]
From:ngarewyrd
Date:July 8th, 2005 07:50 am (UTC)
(Link)
*laughs* it's obvious when you think about it,
[User Picture]
From:puropis
Date:July 8th, 2005 02:00 am (UTC)
(Link)
Doubly amused ...

I'm guessing (or hoping, anyway ,'P) that your title was intentional.

The website for the book would be ... scary ... and have exactly one working link: the ability to order ... and only the link at the top of the page, not the one at the bottom.
[User Picture]
From:baxil
Date:July 8th, 2005 06:35 am (UTC)
(Link)
Yeah, the web site is a little, um, broken. Still, it's there. It's something, I guess.

The title was intentional, yes, stealing from the famous George W. Bush quote. "Rarely is the question asked," etc.
[User Picture]
From:baxil
Date:July 8th, 2005 06:38 am (UTC)
(Link)
Incidentally, since Livejournal seems to have a problem recognizing a poll response which leaves all of the check boxes blank -- that's what I voted. (But then again, I had the book in front of me on the desk.)
Tomorrowlands Powered by LiveJournal.com