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Old 12 September 2017, 04:33 PM
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Squirrel Old Book: The Golden Book of Wild Animal Pets

Today's Atlantic has an interesting article about childhood that mentioned this book title. It's listed on Amazon as out of print/hard to find. The Atlantic article goes on to talk about how different childhood was back then (late 50s-early 60s) and the fact that there is no way that this activity would be legal these days. (and that's a bad thing??) I had a lot of Golden Books when I was a kid, but I do not remember this one.


https://www.theatlantic.com/science/...ch-owl/539379/
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Old 12 September 2017, 06:26 PM
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So whatever kids supposedly gained/learned from catching wild animals is significant enough to justify their trapping and confining wild animals? Screw that.
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Old 12 September 2017, 06:30 PM
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It was an odd article to say the least. The tone I got from it was, "This book is really messed up with what it suggests kids do, but oh how I long for the days when that was okay."
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Old 12 September 2017, 06:54 PM
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“In a thousand ways, kids’ lives are safer and healthier,” Mintz adds, “but perhaps not in the ways that matter most.”
Yeah, screw the significant reduction in childhood injuries and deaths. What's important is that kids get to handle, trap and confine wild animals with no parental supervision!

I am about the most anti-helicopter parent you can imagine, and I think this is crap.
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Yeah, the article was a bit glurgey. A few years ago, I came across some kids in a local park who were looking for a salamander to take home. I said something to the effect that it was better for the salamander to be left alone. Those kids probably thought I was some old biddy, but so what.
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This reminded me of a book I liked when I was younger, How to Care for Your Monster. It included how to find the monster, which monster types are best for your lifestyle, and how to feed your monster.
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