Children 's literature shows new blends of fantasy, facts and fun
In childhood all books of divination, telling us about the future," observes Graham Greene. "And like the fortune teller who sees a long journey in the cards or death by water, they influence the future."
More than children know, their books alter perceptions of the natural and moral worlds.
More than adults acknowledge, those perceptions travel past youth to maturity and age.
That is reason enough to shun most of the ostentatious or shallow works that are beginning to decorate the retail shelves. Still, this...