The Valpo Core Reader


Jennifer Olski

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Division and Classification Essay

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I well remember how, as a child, I eagerly awaited the arrival of Christmas catalogs from various stores. With their yearly distribution, I began the anxious countdown to the Christmas season and anticipated the arrival of toys on Christmas morning. I spent hours paging through different catalogs, circling pictures of toys I wanted, writing and rewriting letters to Santa Claus. Of the thousands of toys advertised, my mind-with the thoroughness that belongs only to children-sorted them into groups: fad toys, educational toys, and basic toys. From these groups I picked out those toys that I hoped would be under the tree with my name on the tags come Christmas morning. I have outgrown most of my toys, but the toys sold to children today remain basically the same and can still be put into three different groups.