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Barbie Holiday Songs: 08/15/07
When Sean was two he came from his day care carrying a pink music box covered with winter holiday icons. Each one played a recognizable carol or song. He was completely addicted to the silly box. The day care provider asked Sean to give the box back as it was actually part of a book: Barbie Holiday Songs but the music box had fallen off the book.
I gritted my teeth when I heard it was a Barbie book. I'm not a fan of Barbie and being a girl, I've done my share of playing with them to keep other friends happy as a child. I did not want to discourage him because of my own dislikes when there was nothing wrong with a bright pink book about sentimental holiday traditions. I don't believe that girls and boys are fundamentally different (beyond the obvious differences in anatomy). So if Sean wanted a copy of the book, I would find him a copy of the book.
It took some doing. The book was published in 1999 and this was 2004. It was long out of print and I wasn't even completely sure of the title. I did finally locate a copy. The book was an instant hit with Sean and for months we had to sing all the songs in the book before he went to bed. All these years later, it remains one his favorite books. Always around summertime he brings out the book and we have to read the story and sing the songs.
Each page is a photograph of Barbie and Stacy. I do like the sets they're posed in for the miniature work. The story too is rather sweet so I can see its appeal. After three years and scores of readings, I'm warming to the book.