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posted 29 March 2004 05:00 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
... ... and many other children's books, besides.

Furthermore, it's clear that the cartoonification of both the text and illustrations of "The Wind in the Willows" is no accident, no amateur mistake. Taken as a whole, it appears the Great Illustrated Classics has a mission, that being to make all the classics as accessible, and ultimately as vacant, as a third-rate comic book. There must be good marketing in that, since commerce and busy parents don't always have time for art.

It's painfully ironic that today's children -- whose alarmingly low reading rates are the subject of endless educational debates -- are nonetheless willy-nilly expected to read the classics to themselves earlier than children of any previous generation. The publishers of Great Illustrated Classics have created a self-perpetuating marketing niche. The more parents buy their series, the less reading aloud will go on, so the more children will fail to gain the sophisticated literacy it would take to read the original for themselves, so the more they will need watered-down versions. Even if these watered-down versions go unread, there will be well-meaning parents who will buy them anyway, hoping.

Aux armes, citoyen(ne)s. It really is an offence both against literature and against children's intelligence and imagination.

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Mr. Magoo
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posted 29 March 2004 05:12 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Great classics like Moby Dick were made into a popular series of comic books back in the early 60's, under the name "Classics Illustrated".

If you're really worried about the literacy of the next generation, stamp out chat groups! (If u dont no y i say this go 2 msn 2 c what i mean).

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