Bags of Bran


Children’s Literature
May 10, 2015, 10:48 pm
Filed under: Biography

Good children’s literature ought to help children to grow into worthwhile adults. Children’s literature should be good for children, and not destructive of their tender affections. Yet it is relatively easy to write moralist tales that do nothing to engage the eager imagination. I know this because I still read children’s literature.

Having read several books by George MacDonald as an adult, I hope to show my own daughter how flighty and trivial the Disney princesses are compared to Princess Irene. I’ll have to show her by actually showing her, unfortunately, and there is risk in that, but the best way to help her to understand the danger of being a sluggard is through passing by the field of the sluggard.

Later, my daughter will be ready for Madeline l’Engle. She wrote some wonderful stuff, and even some of the stuff that didn’t make it out of the rough drafts was of greater worth than much of the stuff being marketed at kids today (or yesterday, for that matter).

 

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