Auntie Claus, Home for the Holidays

Book review by Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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age 5+

A gorgeous confection, but the story’s a little busy.

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age 5+

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age 6+

Harmful Body Imaging

One of the characters in the book is the real sugar plum fairy. The sugar plum fairy says that she can’t eat sweets because she has to be as light as air to dance as a ballerina. The illustration of her is unrealistically thin. She is tempted into eating sweets and then she doesn’t fit in her ballerina costume. She is “too fat to fit into her tutu.” It then reads, “‘I think you look divine, darling,’ Auntie Claus said tactically. ‘Nothing a few slimming vertical lines and a bit of duct tape won’t fix.’” In this stage of the story the sugar plum fairy has realistically portioned limbs. I don’t think any of the students should be reading this since it teaches that ballerinas can’t eat sweets, dancers can’t be a realistic weight and still dance well, and a normal body is fat. I will not let my daughters read this and hope others will acknowledge the harm this message can cause.
age 4+

Great for teaching body-images issues to little girls!!

This has really bad messages for little girls about how to look at their bodies. In the story a little girl meets the "real" sugar-plum fairy who is going to dance for everyone at Christmas. This little girl is also supposed to be the sugar-plum fairy in her concert. When they chat, the girl tells the dancer that she can "have her cake and eat it too!". Then after eating treats, she doesn't fit into her tutu and now can't dance!! So the girl gives up her outfit to the dancer. Now, I'm ok with a selfless act, but not the message that you can't do what you want because you ate a piece of cake! What kind of message is this for little girls? They are sponges and pick up on this stuff. I can't believe this was written in 2009 and not 1950.

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