Death in Children’s Books

Here’s a great essay from the Random House website Hazlitt – Life and Death in Children’s Books by Jowita Bydlowska. I like her point “what’s better than books to ruin a child’s innocence?”

I’m also more than a little smitten with the 18th century children’s book that would make your hair stand on end – Der Struwwelpeter. It’s particularly fascinating because children are much less horrified by it than their parents. (Generally. It’s still not for everyone, I hasten to add.)

Der Struwwelpeter: Die gar traurige Geschichte...

Der Struwwelpeter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Baldwind
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 14:53:02

    A friend of mine recommended your site. Really enjoyed rummaging through the many categories and looking at the content.

    Small world, but I just recently read ‘Just so stories’ by Rudyard Kipling together with my daughter. Wonderful book, a classic. There are also some good new books about. My daughter is interested in science, and I got her “Evolution for young minds”, which I would suggest you include on your site. A really good read.

    Here is a link, if you are interested,
    http://www.globalwarmingforyoungminds.com/evolutionforyoungminds/default.htm

    Anyway, great site, I will pop back another time and see what is on your bookshelf.

    Baldwin

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    • Kim
      Jan 17, 2013 @ 15:21:14

      Hi Baldwin – Thanks for visiting and commenting! I’m glad you enjoyed the site. And thanks for the recommendation, I will look up that title. I’m very interested in math and science resources for young readers.

      The next time you visit you may find the exact same items on my bookshelf, since I haven’t figured out how to get that GoodReads widget to automatically update! (Still struggling with the technology I’m afraid.)

      cheers
      Kim

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