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To think that this isn't an appropriate gift for a 3 year old?

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Gastonladybird Sun 24-Jul-11 12:19:02

Sister sent my dd a book with lovely illistrations for each letter of alpabet with different ways a kid dies ... (eg a is for Amy who fell down the stairs).

Ok admit I may be unduly sensitive (child dd knew died unexpectedly recently so have discussed dieing etc) but think there are better ways to discuss and talk about this . Or am I being ott (dsis has no kids and an odd sense of humour)

SiamoFottuti Sun 24-Jul-11 12:19:53

meh, depends. My 3 year old would love that book.

DontCallMePeanut Sun 24-Jul-11 12:20:37

hmm Who would send that. Really?

nethunsreject Sun 24-Jul-11 12:21:11

mine would've loved it at that age, but in circumstances, it is inappropriate, so yanbu

Gastonladybird Sun 24-Jul-11 12:21:31

She does like pictures and accepts the description in the way kids do re fairy tales. It's me who doesn't really like it

Kladdkaka Sun 24-Jul-11 12:22:46

I don't think you are being unreasonable but do confess to laughing.

LineRunner Sun 24-Jul-11 12:23:26

How ... odd.

Esta3GG Sun 24-Jul-11 12:23:58

I find it hard to believe that any publisher would issue a book detailing the various deaths of children. Title? Publisher?

Gastonladybird Sun 24-Jul-11 12:24:45

Dh laughed .. And think I would have if dd wasnt reading it as just opened it and it dawned on me what subject matter was

MorelliOrRanger Sun 24-Jul-11 12:25:10

Sounds a bit of an odd book to buy your DD in the circumstances, but maybe she was trying to show her that there are lots of ways people can die and that they can be accidental.

<--- clutching at straws a bit

Could you link to book maybe?

SiamoFottuti Sun 24-Jul-11 12:25:25

My childless DB sent my 5 year old a book called the Bunny suicides

GwendolineMaryLacey Sun 24-Jul-11 12:25:36

Is it the Gashlycrumb Tinies? That's a fab book, DD loves it! (3.5)

ExitPursuedByAGryffin Sun 24-Jul-11 12:25:50

Sorry - was your sister trying to help your DD come to terms with the death of the friend? In which case very thoughtful of her.

Or is she just barking?

Gastonladybird Sun 24-Jul-11 12:26:11

The gashlycrumb tiniest by Edward gorey - published by bloomsbury. My view is aimed at older market

BluddyMoFo Sun 24-Jul-11 12:26:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TalcAndTurnips Sun 24-Jul-11 12:26:20

I used to adore the fantastically gruesome Struwwelpeter as a very small child - and I've turned out relatively sane

<<hand twitches on bloodied axe handle>>

hocuspontas Sun 24-Jul-11 12:26:29

Nursery rhymes and fairy tales are far worse from that point of view. I don't think I would have given it a second thought.

ZacharyQuack Sun 24-Jul-11 12:26:35

Is is this one?

scarlettsmummy2 Sun 24-Jul-11 12:26:38

I am baffled that someone would write a book like that!

nethunsreject Sun 24-Jul-11 12:26:48

oh, ds1 LOVES bunny suicides.

but if the chid has lost someone lately, then it is a bit hmm

GwendolineMaryLacey Sun 24-Jul-11 12:26:48


ZacharyQuack Sun 24-Jul-11 12:27:24


AuntiePickleBottom Sun 24-Jul-11 12:27:28

is it this...if so not sutiable for a 3 year old

Nagini Sun 24-Jul-11 12:28:12

I've seen it. It was on the walls of a pub toilet.

My first instinct wasn't to rush and buy it for my DCs hmm


IslaValargeone Sun 24-Jul-11 12:28:42

It sounds like a very odd book, and I certainly wouldn't send it to a 3 year old.
I don't think you are being unduly sensitive to be honest, and even with your sister being child free and having an odd sense of humour I think it's quite a thoughtless 'gift' frankly.

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