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The "moral" of the tale (do your best) is not well supported by the story itself
Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2018
Annie is using her creativity to make fancy mud pies and other mud treats. None of her friends, nor do her parents, want to eat her elaborate creations, and her parents eventually haul her off to the bathtub to wash off all the mud, hoping she would forget about making mud pies by morning. While bathing, Annie remembers a verse she learned in Sunday school about the importance of doing her best, because God understands the motive in her heart. The story would have been meaningful if Annie had been making a mighty effort after choosing a NOBLE goal; or if she made it clear to those she invited to eat her mud-creations that they could pretend, instead of really eating them. Instead she choose a goal that benefited no one and could have deceived many... "Here, eat this beautiful creation that pretends to be pastry, but actually is mud and sticks."