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Posted February 23, 2014
I think I am a little too critical of children's books. Being a
I think I am a little too critical of children's books. Being a mom, I really try to think of what is a good lesson for children and what isn't. I did think this book was cute and fun, but there were a few little things that bothered me. With that said, my daughter loves it, and that's what really matters I guess.
I loved how creative Zoe was. She really loved her cupcakes and love playing make believe. And it's amazing how well a little girl can bake!! Like a lot of little girls, she also loves princess's and she makes a wish as an ingredient to her cupcakes to become one. She is helpful and nice to the "kingdom" of animals, but she isn't very nice to her brother.
Here's where things bother me. Well, for one, what is a little girl doing using the oven without a parent around? And also, she calls her brother and his friends names. I get that she's mad that they keep taking her cupcakes, but it doesn't seem like a good lesson to teach kids. Then she gets revenge on her brother and his buddies. Revenge isn't something that should be taught to kids, even if it is just temporary.
This was magical and fun for my daughter, but I did need to remind her while reading that it's not nice to call people names or try to get revenge on them. Otherwise it's a great story. When I asked my daughter what she thought of the book she said "I really love it!". It's an entertaining book for kids and as long as they know correct behavior and to not follow what books might tell you to do, it's all good. This book also includes a recipe in the back to make Pink Cupcakes!! (Magic not included)
*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.
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