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Words Shaping Minds

I remember the first novel-length book I read aloud to my kids. I was frustrated that day.  My husband was away on a business trip and I was stuck at home with a four-year-old and a seven-year-old and no TV to turn on and keep them occupied, even though by that time on Saturday afternoon […]

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Why I Hail Caesar!

I’m not a big Cohen Brothers fan, meaning I don’t stand in line for a movie just because it has their stamp on it.  Their latest didn’t do great box office, but upon its home release I found myself watching it three times in a row.  Unheard-of.  Here’s the list (because I’m listy) The commies […]

The Brits Do It Better–or Do They?

  Early this year a piece in The Atlantic explained  “Why the British Tell Better Children’s Stories.”  Besides kicking off a contentious discussion, it posed some interesting comparisons between the children’s literature (i.e., timeless stories for all ages) of British and American cultures.  The ClifNotes version (do students still use CliffNotes?) looks like this: British […]

Invading Fairyland

For as long as I can remember, the classic stories told by Walt Disney have been sneered at by purists: they’re too “sanitized,” too “sweet.”  I never understood that—particularly in regard to the older films, in which the stories are told pretty much straight-up, with the addition of cute characters and show tunes.   (Admittedly, Disney’s […]