Ali's Adventures

November 29, 2011

Questions raised by some of our favourite bedtime stories

Filed under: Kids — by Alison @ 9:28 pm

I may have read too many kids books lately, or maybe I’m concerned about some of the details so I don’t focus on other things, but there are a few things I can’t quite reconcile in some of our bedtime stories.

In Make Way for Ducklings, why does Mr. Mallard get to take a week off to explore the river so soon after the ducklings are born? Could he have not gone earlier? He swims off, so I think the lack of wing feathers aren’t the issue. And as he goes, he tells Mrs. Mallard to take good care of the ducklings. If he really cared, don’t you think he would have hung around to help out with the 8 new babies. And if it only takes Mrs. Mallard a few pages to get from their island to the Park, all the while herding 8 ducklings, did he really need to leave for a week?

Then there’s Tom Crean’s Rabbit. On the surface this is a lovely story of how Tom the Sailor finds a nest for his rabbit right before Christmas dinner. The rabbit gives birth later that night “17 rabbits, one for each of my friends. Well nearly.” Are all the sailors going to keep the rabbits as pets? I don’t think so. And what happened to the male rabbit, was he part of the festive meals?

The Runaway Train has me completely confused as to the path of the railway. I don’t see how getting on a boat to chase a train is a good idea. Why didn’t the truck (sorry, lorry) just get on the tracks and follow the train until they caught up? Also, are there really helicopters flying around the English countryside low enough to be waved down?

And what about the odd animal treatment in Curious George and the Puppies. First George helps reunite the mother dog with one of her lost puppies. Everyone rejoices that the puppy is found and reunited with his family. Not one second later the animal shelter director offers a puppy to George, separating the family again. How does she possibly think it’s a good idea for a monkey to look after a dog? Seems like a very shoddy work for an animal shelter.

So far I’m not having any concerns with Your Personal Penguin because really, that idea is so incredible. I’d love to have my own penguin that makes me hot chocolate and doesn’t like living in the ice.


  1. You make me smile.

    I too would like a personal penguin , though now the song will surely be stuck in my head all night 😉

    Comment by Lara — November 29, 2011 @ 11:15 pm |Reply

  2. The first Curious George is horrible! The man in the yellow hat kidnaps him!

    Comment by Capital Mom — November 30, 2011 @ 11:47 am |Reply

    • YES! I remember explaining that to DH. He was appalled. Or, well, perhaps he was humouring me.

      Comment by Sasha — November 30, 2011 @ 12:28 pm |Reply

      • I can’t even start with all the things troublesome in the original Curious George. Pipe smoking, jail, kidnapping..

        Comment by Alison — November 30, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

  3. And is it just me, or are all the kids in Munsch books smart mouthed little brats? I don’t remember that as a kid, but I sure notice it as a parent…

    Thanks, this made me giggle. And I’m so glad I’m not the only person who ponders these things!!!

    Comment by Sasha — November 30, 2011 @ 12:31 pm |Reply

    • Yes, Munsch kids are not exactly role models. Even the paper bag princess uses language I frown on 🙂

      Comment by Alison — November 30, 2011 @ 8:34 pm |Reply

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