Education: Tom Sawyer v. Tom Swift

Children would rather read Tom Sawyer than The Rover Boys any day, if they had the choice. Miss Phyllis R. Fenner is sure of it, and she ought to know. For nearly 20 years tweedy, witty little Miss Fenner has presided over a remarkable library in the elementary schools of Manhasset, L.I. Miss Fenner has a sympathetic ear for what children really like, and her library is a favorite hangout of Manhasset moppets. In "Our Library" (John Day; $1.75), Miss Fenner explains: "Give the children the adventure they crave, but give them books...