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Comments for The Floppy Friends Go to the Beach
The Floppy Friends Go to the Beach: 01/22/07
The floppy friends must have been one of those attempts to make cartoons and books based on a toy line. In this case, the "floppy friends" are overly cute stuffed animals. Apparently they are all friends and everything is peachy.
The first in the series was apparently The Floppy Friends Go to Camp and this beach story is the second. In this story, the protagonist bear is upset because he has learned that he'll be moving to a new school in fall. He's afraid of saying good-bye to all his friends and of being the "new kid" at the school.
The book then goes on a saccharine tangent about a trip to the beach where the friends have lunch, go swimming and go to the boardwalk. After all these adventures, the protagonist realizes that he won't be the "new kid" after all because all his friends from camp actually attend this new school. Of course they couldn't just tell him this; they had to surprise him and scare him half to death in the process.
It's no wonder that these books are no longer in print. The story is flawed and boring (an amazing thing to pull off for only 40 some pages). The illustrations are cute enough to cause a gag reflex.
New Shoes for Sean:
Sean's shoes didn't survive the washing machine after the exploding toilet experience on Friday. Today after school we got Sean a pair of new shoes. He's up to a size 11 from a 10 1/2. We've been saving his old shoes for Harriet (or to donate if she can't fit in them) but these are just too thrashed to be wearable any longer.
Sean originally wanted red shoes but the only red shoes they had were laced basket ball shoes. They didn't feel right when he walked in them and he felt put off at the though of having to learn how to tie his own shoes. If Harriet were older I would be willing to put in the extra time to help him learn to tie his shoes but right now that extra time is going to her needs as an infant. I'm perfectly happy to put off the lacing lessons for a few more months!
Instead we found a sporting pair of shoes "Champion" shoes with velcro ties. They're silver and black with blue trim and very handsome. Sean tried them on and said they were very comfortable.
Of course now with 20/20 hindsight, I think Sean's leg cramps were caused in part by his shoes being too small. How many times am I going to be surprised by his feet growing?