Thoughts on the Prevalence of Superlatives in Kids Books?

Thoughts on the Prevalence of Superlatives in Kids Books?

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Carrie McBride
Nov 7, 2011

Q: The attached photo is a bit unfair as my son and I both really like Richard Scarry. However, the other day a friend and I were watching our boys (both age 3) play and the conversation turned to the prevalence of superlatives in kids books. It seems that many books both of us read are about the best, the fastest, the biggest this-or-that. It's a hard theme to avoid but it seems like it has the potential to do a fair amount of damage, encouraging major competition. Any suggestions for books in another vein would be helpful. I'm a fan of Jean Van Leeuwen's Oliver and Amanda Pig. They are pretty gentle and quotidian, and address sibling interactions really nicely. I want more options though and am curious if this is something that anyone else finds irksome? Thanks!

Sent by Amelia

Editor: My son is also 3 and I can't say I've noticed this (yet) in the books we read together. Anyone else? Thoughts?

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