I'm halfway through this. The main points I've gathered so far are: 1) children are indoctrinated with consumerism from day 1, children's literature is as much to blame as everything else; and 2) there is no such thing as true childrens literature. While I don't necessarily disagree with many of the author's points, I'm just feeling he could have been more economical with his words. Perhaps things will improve with the second half?Great chapter on the contamination of fairy tales. Each translator, author, artist, editor etc. adds their own flavor and dimension, enriching the piece. I have always been somewhat snobbish on this point, particularly w/ Grimm's tales and how they are manipulated to suit an author's agenda. Never occurred to me that the brothers Grimm did the same thing. High horse has been shooed.
ILL called back early, left off on Chapter 7/Wisdom and Folly of Storytelling.