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Good for Teen Mom's Farrah Abraham for writing a kids' book. I love that she's been inspired by her daughter to create something fun for other children. Farrah says of Passy Perfume, "All of our toddlers are really going to love this book because it's so relatable to them. Sophia has been reading it and she is in love literally with her real Passy Perfume and the book." Aww!
But I would never buy this book because my son would've hated it. Of course Sophia loves it -- it's about her! As for "all" toddlers relating to it? Well ... no. I don't see that happening. And even if they did relate to it, this is the kind of book I mostly avoided when my son was a toddler.
First of all, there's the obvious: It's about a perfume-loving girl, and the whole thing is awash in pinks and purples. Little boys don't necessarily hate pink and purple when they're that young. But most of them aren't exactly into those colors, either. And anyway, using perfume as an incentive to give up the binky? So not working for the Thomas the Train fans out there.
But more than that, Passy Perfume sounds like one of those "lesson learned" kind of books toddlers just love ... to hate. I know because I bought a couple of those "potty training is awesome!" books and they pretty much bombed.
Maybe it's because I had a very active toddler, but it was hard getting my son to sit down for any story. So whatever I read him had to be simple and all about something he was already into. Most of all, it had to be entertaining. Any hint of preachiness and he'd ricochet off my lap and go back to running up the walls as usual. And the older they get, the worse it gets. Don't even get me started on what my son did with his How to Behave and Why book. It's adorbs, but no.
But hey, the "lessons learned" genre is still going strong. New parents continue buying these books because they think they're good for their kids, and we all find out the hard way that they don't work, and we end up with yet another dusty stack that we try to pawn off on our neighbors at a garage sale five years later. So don't let my cynicism stop you.
Would this book actually interest your toddler?
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