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Lit Crit: Where the Wild Things Are

So it has been a while since I indulged a bit and scripted one of my investigations/criticisms of a beloved children's book. Considering the upcoming release of the film version of Where the Wild Thin…

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Good Books for Good Kids: Myths and Legends

For a while, I didn’t read a lot of fairy tales to my small girls. I avoid presenting them with content that represents violence, and there’s not much more violent than the Brothers Grimm–remember how…

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Books to Watch: Children’s Film Adaptations That are Not Terrible

The other day I found myself presiding over a conversation/explanation for my three year-old that (as soon as I heard myself hold forth on the matter) left me with possibly more doubts and skepticism …

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Lit Crit: Harold and the Purple Crayon

The amazing surfeit of children's books produced, printed and pushed onto the shelves every year threatens to eclipse some of the more exceptional and profound contributions to children's literature -…

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Lit Crit: Mouse Cookies and the Uninvited Animal Visitor

The conspicuous absence of parents in much of children's literature is a point of curiosity, and for many it is a point of alarm. Most people see this absence as a relatively healthy way of fostering …

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Lit Crit: In the Night Kitchen

Now, for another installment of Lit Crit. For frequent readers of this blog (and I know there are a slim few of you out there), you will be familiar with my practice of dusting off an old favorite of …

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Lit Crit: The Rainbow Fish

During the last stretch of the 2008 presidential election, which seems like some time ago, there was a word, a concept, and an indictment being bandied around, and that word was socialism. The exact c…

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Left Behind: Life Lessons in Children’s Lit

Late last year, a book entitled Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature was published profiling roughly a century of leftist, radical, and sometimes revolutionary, child…

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Lit Crit: The Lorax

As I did with previous texts like The Runaway Bunny and The Giving Tree, I am taking a stab at one of the most revered children's book heroes of all time, Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. …

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Lit Crit: The Runaway Bunny

As with my last deconstruction-lite of a beloved children's classic, The Giving Tree, I am attempting to do the unthinkable--tipping one of the sacred cows of children's literature. My intention is no…

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