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Moral plums and fairy tales

previously Felix Adler says it is “quite essential to the successful use of” fairy tales, that we “Do not take the moral plum out of the fairy tale pudding, but let the child enjoy it as a whole. Do not make the story taper toward a single point, the moral point. You will squeeze all […]

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Looking for Something to Read, Don’t Want Twaddle?I

I see this request or one like it from time to time, and then what follows is usually a debate on why a particularly recommendation is or is not twaddle, and then one on why it’s okay to read twaddle sometimes, and then we discuss junk food and how much is too much and just […]

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five free reads

The Women Who Came in the Mayflower by Annie Russell Marble (Author) Sample: Spring and summer came to bless them for their endurance and unconscious heroism. Then they could appreciate the verdict of their leaders, who chose the site of Plymouth as a “hopeful place,” with running brooks, vines of sassafras and strawberry, fruit trees, […]

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A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature, published in 1910- useful for research and reference. Sample: ATTERBURY, FRANCIS (1662 – 1732). Controversialist and preacher, was b. near Newport Pagnel, Bucks, and ed. at West minster School and Oxford. He became the leading protagonist on the High Church side in the ecclesiastical controversies of his time, […]

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How Can Children Understand the Vocabulary of Good Books?

American poet and author Phyllis McGinley says: “Whose invention was this vocabulary restriction I cannot say [I can!]. Librarians deplore the trend, publishers disclaim responsibility, authors declare themselves stifled by it, children detest it. But the fact remains that somebody has set up as gospel the rule that odd words, long words, interesting words, grown-up […]

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