Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Chapter 7, Page 2 Story Time

Dad has a unique style.

They just don't write children's stories like this any more. I wonder why? Some of my fondest memories are of Dad reading these old stories to us. Wind In The Willows, Uncle Wiggily, The Little Mailman of Bayberry Lane...

Come to think of it, all these stories were originally written around or well before 1950. I wonder what happened.


Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

I'm glad you liked - and like - those books.

As for 'what happened,' by now what's remembered and retained from the early 20th and late 19th centuries is 'the best of the best' - the eminently forgettable stories have been forgotten.

I don't think that the 'child rearing experts' of the fifties, the earnest 'relevance' of the sixties, or the fallout from both helped, either.

And, there are probably very fine children's books that have been written in the last few decades: but it's hard to compete with earlier 'greats.'

Zach said...

What happened was that the world came to an end, and nobody noticed. :)

For the end of the world was long ago,
And all we dwell to-day
As children of some second birth,
Like a strange people left on earth
After a judgment day.


Anonymous said...

maybe people lost interest? the digital invasion killed reading maybe..

Brigid said...

Wouldn't be surprised. ~.~ sigh