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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2001

    Selections from the Movie with Beautiful Color Illustrations

    On the large pages, the 100 + color illustrations of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, and Snoopy look wonderful. The reproduction quality is very fine, and you almost feel like you are holding an art book rather than a strip. This book is a condensation of the story from the 1969 movie, and reissues an earlier book by the same name. You will find the story transitions a little abrupt here, so it is almost like reading several disconnected strips. I graded the book down accordingly. Charlie Brown opens the book about to pitch. The last time the team won was when he could not play. He's a little discouraged. The pitcher's mound is covered with dandelions. They cannot agree on the signals. Early on, he gets hit by a line drive. No one takes his misery very seriously. Lucy suggests that he can get by with second or third aid. He doesn't need first aid. Charlie Brown sees himself as a loser, and is getting depressed. While trying to encourage him, Linus beats him at tic-tac-toe. Linus encourages Charlie Brown to enter the class spelling bee. Charlie Brown assumes the worst, and has a hard time getting his hand up. Finally, he signs up. Lots of practice follows. Charlie Brown wins! Now, he has to compete with the whole school. He's scared of failure. Linus and Snoopy help him study, and 'i before e except after c' becomes a big help due to the little ditty he's learned to help remember the rule. Soon Charlie Brown is on his way to the national competition. More study follows. Linus makes the ultimate sacrifice and gives Charlie Brown his blanket for good luck. Soon Linus is having withdrawal pains. Linus and Snoopy follow Charlie Brown to get the blanket back and to cheer on Charlie Brown. The rest of the story deals with the competition and its aftermath. The book ends with a classic scene involving Charlie Brown and Lucy that has a predictable result. After you read this story, I suggest you think about what your definition of being a winner is. For some people, the standard is so high that they can never meet it. For the happiest people, the standard is low enough that reasonable effort ensures good results. Learn from Charlie Brown's example here. Take pleasure in doing your best! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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