What’s Natural About a Purple Cat?

Littlest Pet ShopsThat I was trying to justify how a plastic seahorse came packed with her own life preserver should have been my first clue.

She’s a sea-going creature. Why does she need a life preserver? And what’s with the little blue half circle thing? That’s an inner tube? Really? For a seahorse?

You CAN take facts too seriously.

Especially when you’re playing Littlest Pet Shop on a Sunday morning in your living room.

Hence the 10 minutes trying to reason with a 6-year-old over how it’s possible two frogs could POSSIBLY be the parents of the plastic worm. Did they adopt? Was there a freak genetic accident? Did a newt nurse at the hospital switch babies on the sly?

I should mention all three of these creatures were plastic. And set up on my coffee table with their own flower-shaped piece of furniture where they were sampling a spot of tea with apples. While I lent voice to the aforementioned seahorse with my best attempt at a British accent (which I should mention is so far off I’d be drowning in the Atlantic).

It’s a good thing it was a Sunday. There was no way I could have worked after such a mind workout. I needed some mindless television or a good, hearty breakfast of Diet Pepsi and Cheddar Bunnies (but they’re organic!) to ease my aching brain.

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I’d say our kids are being presented the very worst “facts” of nature, but the classic children’s book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” was published in 1967. Since then it’s been introducing us to purple cats (seen by a green frogs at least, but that — if memory serves — were first spotted by a blue horse).

And kindergarten teachers wonder why kids waltz through their doors thinking the orange crayon is best used on every page put in front of them?

There are two natures in this world. There’s the nature of little kids, even those who live here in the country where they’ve actually seen cows produce milk (and to their utter delight poop too), where a stuffed duck can giggle and a plastic pig will produce jellybeans.

And then there’s the other one. Where cats come in browns, whites, oranges, blacks and a combination of all four but if they turn purple it’s time to call the vet. Where frogs produce tadpoles who will hop away if you offer them tea. And where bunnies may be organic but they’re not for eating by vegetarian moms.

Any guesses which one I prefer?

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  1. YES! Some of Jill's littlest pet shops are hysterical, there's no thought put into some of those accessories. And that was a horrible breakfast food justification ;D

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