Vintage School Book

Round About You- shouldn’t that title have an apostrophe, unless it’s about a singing round all about you, I guess.
Round about you by Nila Banton Smith ; illustrations by Kayren Draper, a vintage school book from about the late 30’s, early 40s.

Something I find interesting about older books is how capable the authors assume children to be. Look at how young these children appear to be, yet they’re putting together a scrap lumber chair and using hammer and nails quite comfortably (even the girl).

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CPSIA Confusion

I liked this post on the CPSIA and books, but several commenters were confused about the law and consequently posted erroneous statements. Here are some corrections:

No, it wasn’t ‘Big Business’ who lobbied for this bill. See here for the list of culprits.

Snopes is a completely unreliable source on this issue. Greco Woodcrafting explains why. He’s not the only one. And Tristan is hilarious in her take-down. Snopes is so badly wrong on this one that I will never trust them again.

No, you cannot sell older books for children now- at least, not legally. Yes, recently, the CPSC ‘clarified’ their regulatory guidance, and it was very good news for crafters who use only textiles, but it’s still illegal to sell books for children that were printed before 1985. In fact, CPSC Commissioner Thomas Moore informed libraries that they needed to ‘sequester’ these books from children.

No, books are not ‘almost certainly above the lead limits’ and, in fact, nobody has ever gotten any elevated blood levels from the books, and it is unlikely they could for a number of reasons. See here, for a longer post I wrote pointing out that toddlers chew on book corners, illustrations in toddler books are more usually centered on the page, that 12 year olds do not eat their books, yet the law treats their books just the same, that the few illustrations containing lead generally are limited to a single color, not the entire illustration, that as part of the substrate, there is no indication that the lead would leave the book and enter a child’s blood stream, that saliva alone does not break down lead anyway and cause it to enter the blood stream so licking and sucking wouldn’t result in elevated lead levels. But it doesn’t matter- this law actually has written into the law a requirement that risk assessment cannot be considered- only how much lead is in a product- NOT how likely it is a child could get it (the lead in bikes, for instance, is in parts like tire valve stems, but that doesn’t matter, the bikes are illegal. For more on the actual facts about lead in children’s books and how likely it is to make children sick, see here, here, and here.

The Rainbow Fish may also be dead in the water.

And no, you cannot necessarily get away with breaking the law by selling your used children’s books as vintage items only to and for adults.

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I was reminded of this story when a friend of mine told about having to kill a large, ugly spider on the inside of her shower curtain. She spotted it while she was INSIDE the shower- and she can’t see the Big E on the chart without her glasses, yet this spider was large enough she could see it. Shudder.

Well, I told her, we had a major wolf spider problem when we lived in Washington. Wolf spiders are large, ugly, hairy, and do not build webs because they actively hunt their prey. This means they are prone to hiding in corners and under things watching for things to eat, and then leaping out and dashing along the floor or wall with the velocity of a cheetah. They actually grow in size as they speed towards humans, at times reaching six feet in height. They have huge, nasty looking, jagged fangs visible to the naked eye from six yards away even if you cannot see the E on the chart, the fangs are dripping with venom. I am pretty sure that household wolf spiders have meth labs in the walls and are hopped up users themselves, in addition to sporting very rude tattoos. Some of this may be slightly exaggerated for effect.

A certain member of my family was rather dismayed while drying off after a shower when said member of my family spotted a LARGE, HAIRY wolf spider which dropped out of the towel just as the person was using it for the drying off of a rather, ehrm, sensitive area. The person was still twitching half an hour later when I heard about it.

“Wow! I am really impressed that I didn’t hear you scream,” I said when told of the incident.

“I gave a small but manly yelp,” my husband admitted with dignity.

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Engagement Photo

The HG is walking on higher ground, they really aren’t this close in height.

There’s not the height discrepancy there is with the Equuschick and Shasta, but when on level ground, Strider can rest his chin comfortably on the HG’s head.

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Obama’s under the table deal with the pharmaceuticals

Reported by the liberal Huffpo:

A memo obtained by the Huffington Post confirms that the White House and the pharmaceutical lobby secretly agreed to precisely the sort of wide-ranging deal that both parties have been denying over the past week.

The memo, which according to a knowledgeable health care lobbyist was prepared by a person directly involved in the negotiations, lists exactly what the White House gave up, and what it got in return.

Ace has two posts well worth reading. We were promised negotiations would be on C-Span, not behind closed doors. Click through and open up the whole post to watch the video of the President making this promise repeatedly in a variety of venues- there will be no closed door negotiations.

But there were.

More here.

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