Just wanted to elaborate a little more on Tuesday’s post – I don’t think that British or European children’s literature is inherently more sincere or more intellectual or more anything than American children’s literature. I just remember thinking when I saw the fifth Harry Potter film, read the seventh Harry Potter book, and saw the Narnia preview that those were some really dangerous situations for children; my initial reaction was “Whoa. They’d never have kids do that in an American movie or in an American book.” But again, I may be wrong about that. Although I read voraciously as a child (and still do), I haven’t been exposed to children’s literature for about two decades.

Now, back to Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

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  1. I got WBWSMH a while back and I think I lent it to a friend, and even if I didn’t I don’t know what happened to it.

    I think it’s common for most people of our generation to think of “children’s literature” as only those books that were published when we were children or before. But like I said, I do think it’s a lack of familiarity with the genre. There are some amazing books out there, and they cover a variety of situations and villains, domestic and political. Childhood is political, really–it’s all about the politics of relationships, if not bigger issues. And so a lot of them deal with more personal politics. And a lot of them deal with both personal and larger issues, including dangerous situations.

    I just can’t help but comment when one of my friends mentions children’s lit, because there is so much out there to get excited about (including much more recent British books).

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