(Closed) Christmas presents for nieces…

posted 5 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I really like those ideas… The only thing, that giraffe is big, will they have space for it?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Sounds good. I loved little house on the Prairie at that age! My only concern would be the giant giraffe, my almost 4 year old has way too many toys & stuffed animals already taking up space, but I know parents all have different tolerances for that sort of thing. It would be a really cool thing to keep at grandma’s, though, like you mentioned. It would be something to look forward to.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

So… While I often think anything that gets kids reading is awesome… I *hate* Junie B Jones. With a passion. It’s written using really poor English – I know it’s meant to be written in a child’s voice, but I find it pretty awful, especially to read aloud. There’s also fairly liberal use of the word ‘stupid’ to describe both things and people, which I’ve worked pretty hard to get rid of in our house. They’ve never been a big favourite in our house, for us or our daughter, but I know lots of young kids do like them quite a bit.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’d pass on the giraffe.  Stuffies are pretty universally disliked by parents, since you end up with soooo many of them (even those “buy a toy for a needy kid” trees in our area specifically say no stuffed animals).  But you know your family best.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@peachacid:  I remembered you were a teacher so I figured you wouldn’t be choosing something you didn’t think was a good choice for your niece, but wanted to mention it just in case! I’ve read plenty of things written in vernacular and don’t have a problem with it but for books aimed at young readers, it seems a bit counterproductive. We’re probably a bit more careful about what we read in English because our daily life is mostly in a different language so our kid has fewer models for correct English grammar (or just because I’m the one who reads aloud to her and can’t bring myself to say the word “rided” instead of “rode”). Tons of kids (and parents) *do* love them.

PS- my daughter would *love* you for the giant giraffe, as that was one of the first items in her letter to Santa. Enormous animals can be annoyances for parents but are awesome for kids, especially when Grandma has a big playroom 😉

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