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A Book to check out..I'd like to discuss it and get opinions..

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Temptress
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0 posted 05-04-2000 05:48 PM       View Profile for Temptress   Email Temptress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Temptress

My local Librarian brought my attention to a book today while I was sitting here surfing the net.  I didn't read the book in detail, but I can tell you I don't like it; and I don't think it is appropriate for children. It was in the children's book section. Maybe that was library error or maybe that was author classifation error...etc..I don't know..Whatever kind of error anyone could think of...ANYWAY!   Getting to the point.

The author:  R. Caldecott
The title:  The Babes in the Wood

Look for it if you have time....read it..or if you know it already, tell me what you think. It isn't a very long book, so it shouldn't take long.

Also, has anyone else ever read any books by R. Caldecott? The Librarian told me he was or is very popular. Thanks ahead of time. I posted this here in case it gets messy. LOL!




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Temptress
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1 posted 05-08-2000 02:14 AM       View Profile for Temptress   Email Temptress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Temptress

Okay..So I'm giving this a boost, and I'm probably gonna get flack for it either in someones grumbly brain or through messages on here.   Ahh well.   A small sacrifice for me to keep my curiosity up about this.


Has no  on responded to this because it isn't interesting or is it because SOME went to look for the book, and haven't read it or thought about it yet. Are we doing this and waiting to gain an opinion before we comment or is it that just no one is interested.   LOL! Please let me know, and I'll shut up one way or another. I'm not whining. Just asking.   Laters and Love everyone.


 Nothing can deter a poet, for he is actuated by pure love. Who can predict his comings and goings? "Thoreau"
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Hi Temptress -----I work so many hours
on the net -----and am a freelance
writer by trade  I do not know the book
and seldom get to the library unless I am
researching for things for my books.

I have found icky yucky books for children
through many years -- and basically,
all I can say is -- some people do not
know children.

I will trust your opinion on the above-mentioned book ----and should I run across
it, I will check it out.

My kids' loved the Berenstein Series.
Can still remember way back when when my
middle son was four  HOw he loved
"I was so Mad."   By Mercer Meyers  --)

This is s great discussion though.
And, of course I have my children story
with graphics on the net
for free at
www.tipsfortop.com/fourbears.html

Take some time and let your child browse
with that one ----it is safe. LOL

warmly,
netswan

Mike
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Caldecott was an English illustrator and is viewed by some as the founding father of illustrated children's books.  One of the most prestigous awards in children's literature is the Caldecott Medal.  "Babes in the Wood" was illustrated by Caldecott in 1879.  His illustrations sometimes were classified as "racy."  So as to the placement of the book, it is correctly in the children's section.  As to its appropriateness for children... that would be up to the parent.  The book is from a different time and culture and should be viewed in that light.
netswan
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4 posted 05-13-2000 08:49 AM       View Profile for netswan   Email netswan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit netswan's Home Page   View IP for netswan

How interesting Mike.  Thanks for the input.
Libraries are not censored and children
that go in by themselves can do just about
anything they want and read what they
want as long as they are being quite.

Librarians are not babysitters.  Though,
I have not seen the book - I would not
be happy to tell my kids  GO to the children's section and that is the only
place you can go and trust that they
would not see things young eyes should not
see.  For my kids would not have stepped
one further out of the boundaries I gave
them while I was in the mystery section.

---)  

Just chatting - beavis and southpark
was something I wish my kids never had
to see ------though they are older now
and say didn't hurt them any to see them.

netswan
rene
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5 posted 05-13-2000 09:54 PM       View Profile for rene   Email rene   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for rene

I haven't read the book i'm afraid. i do think though that if it is in the childrens section then it is up to the parent to decide rather than taking it out or something. i think the idea is just an example of the censorship question which is always argued about. i think that whatever the book/film/piece of music, it will effect people in different ways and in most cases while there may be some negative effects, the negative effects will not be purely because of the piece but down to the mindset of the individual. for instance (extreme i know) but if i read in a novel a murder committed with a kitchen knife i could copy it. i wouldn't because i am mostly a sane person and i also think my girlfriends mother might think it best if she never saw me again! the point is though if some one is vunerable enough to be negatively influenced by art then it is the duty of society and in this case the parent or gaurdian to prevent it.
 
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