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‘Star Wars Heroes’: A Book for the Baby Jedi in Your Life

Star Wars Heroes board book

My friend is having her first child, and as soon as I heard, I started buying books for the baby. Obviously I wanted to get him or her started on Star Wars as soon as possible, but it’s hard because, as I’m sure you’re aware, babies can’t read. (Unless you believe there’s some truth behind the 1999 film Baby Geniuses, which, by the way, has a whopping 2.3-star rating on IMDb.) Despite this fact, they still make books for babies—they just have fewer words and are made of cardboard so that when kids try to eat them, the pages remain more or less intact. In my search, I found one such book called Star Wars Heroes, published by Scholastic. It introduces all the major characters of the Star Wars universe (which, unfortunately, includes a picture of Hayden Christensen as Anakin), and has a short quote for each one. It’s a great way to plant the seed of Star Wars fandom in babies’ brains as soon as they leave the womb. Plus, it’s way more fun for parents to read a book about Star Wars to their infant than one about colors or shapes or any of that nonsense. With any luck, the kid’s first words will be in Wookiee.

-L

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