Books: A Child's Portion of Good Reading

Legends and literature about kings and commoners

Isaac Bashevis Singer tells how, at a party shortly after the publication of Zlateh the Goat, he met a woman who asked him to autograph a copy for her. "Who is the child?" Singer inquired. "It's for me," the woman confessed. "I am the child."

No children's book has lasting value unless it speaks to the child in the adult—and vice versa. Works that appeal solely to kids seldom outlast their Christmas wrapping.

Those that attract only grownups lie unread, gathering dust as they await the next...

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