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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.)
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