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27 August 2009


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Back when I was working at the bookstore, I had a woman come in who was upset because the ending of the '3 Little Pigs' book she had purchased for her children (grandchildren? No matter.) had such a violent and cruel ending. She was sure she could find a version that had, I don't know...the Wolf and Piggies ending by sitting down for tea together. (Sadder still...I think she found one.)

This need that modern parents have to sanitize everything that their children touch drives me nuts.
a) Children can handle a little reality. I grew up on traditional fairy tales and fables and turned out fine...I found it interesting and a bit gross that Cinderella's step sisters cut on parts of their feet and found it fitting justice that birds pecked out their eyes. This did not warp me and turn me into a sociopath. My mom read me 'Ivanhoe' and I didn't run off and join the crusades, either.
b) The first time those children are exposed to real life, their mental immune systems will be about as prepared for it as their physical immune systems after years of being doused in anti-bacterial gel every time they got within 5 feet of...anything.


There is! There is a book called "Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig" or something along that line. But it's not relevant to the theme of this post, because it's clever and witty and non-soppy in spite of its pacifist message that ends with the three little wolflets and the big bad pig all getting along.


I need to read this article but before I do just want to agree that I think of Anne Fine as a writer who writes very realistic books (Goggle Eyes is about divorce and the problems of a fractured parental relationship after all). I think when some people complain about books being too realistic what they actually mean is books are too sad (again Goggle Eyes deals with tough issues, but it has a happy ending). It's crazy that some people think teens shouldn't read books where everything doesn't end perfectly, where else are kids suppoused to explore this kind of thing safely and if they don't learn that everything not turning out ok doesn't mean their life is a loss, how can they be expected to deal with the troubles you routinely find in the real world?

Ok so yes, um ranting, I will stop now


I also liked _Doing It_, but I found _Smack_ a bit hard to take.

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