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Punxsutawney Phyllis by Susanna Leonard Hill
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Little Kid Reaction: My boys liked this book, but we didn't read it a lot.

Big Kid Reaction: Parent 1: There is so much to love about this book. The illustrations are fun, and the author has packed the story with lots of great information. Phyllis is both adorable and a wonderful character. She is smart (she studied the weather), persistent, respectful, and cute.

Parent 2: I did not like this book. Even though, in the end the girl wins the fight and proves you don't have to be a BOY to be the BEST one for the job, I'd like to think that I don't have to FIGHT to teach my boys that lesson! The story says Phyllis can have the job as an exception to the rule, i.e., overriding the status quo. But the status quo was wrong to begin with. Cute story, but it touched some sore spots on my feminist pride. Not a story I want to read to my children -- I don't want them thinking that the status quo was there to begin with!

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