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Kids + Books = ?


What happens when you give a kid a book as a present? Sometimes, outrage, as in this video that lit up the liternets in December (via):

But I prefer this video, aptly titled “Adorable French Girl Breathlessly Recounts Winnie The Pooh Plot.” (Or his adventures as she recalls them, anyway…)

Once upon a time… from Capucha on Vimeo.

It’s a stunningly cute example of the magic and wonder a book can create for a child. Don’t you remember getting so gloriously entangled in the world of a book that you sort of forgot where reality stopped and imagination began? (Via.)

Actually, there’s a happy ending to the “books for Christmas story.” Books for Christmas got a very different reaction one year later:

This subject is of particular interest to me because of recent life developments. And, side note: I always give books as presents to kids. Am I the only one?


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  • You are not the only one!

  • Lee Thomas

    Just kids? I probably give books to anyone of any age 80% of the time. Probably because they’re what I most love to receive … $20 for hours of pleasure is pretty hard to beat.

  • Celeste Ng

    Lee–especially when you factor in re-readings, books are REALLY hard to beat in terms of hours of enjoyment per dollar!

  • Charlotte

    That French girl is adorable. Cuteness overload. I especially love when she can’t think of the French word for “shield.” Who could? Very fun.

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