Books: From Pooh to Salinger

Each year the kiddies, known in the publishing business as "the under sixes," have barrowfuls of fresh and forgettable picture epics to choose from. Average price: $2.25; average reader interest: one perusal shortly after Christmas. Teenagers, unless they have been permanently crippled by early years with Dick and Jane, can begin to forage for their literary fare cheek by jowl with their parents. But how does one bridge the gap between, say, Pooh and Salinger?

Hours of Osmosis. One ploy for hard-pressed parents at Christmas is to buy manuals. Not the kind pasteurized for...

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