Highly Relevant

Published June 5, 2009 by Molly

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Most of the lasting works of juvenile literature are thoroughly subversive in one way or another: they express feelings not generally approved of or even recognized by grown-ups; they make fun of honored figures and piously held beliefs; and they view social pretenses with clear-eyed directness, remarking–as in Anderson’s famous tale–that the emperor has no clothes.

-Alison Lurie, Vulgur Coarse and Grotesque: Subversive Books for Kids, Harper’s, Dec. 1979

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  1. sylvester fontenot says:

    as a tailpiece to the original post i offer this quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s, The Little Prince:

    “Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”

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