Monday, July 27, 2009

Messages


It's Monday, time for Picture Books Past. Some of the differences we can notice between older picture books and contemporary ones include the messages of cultural values and acceptable behavior which are frequently tucked here and there. Books, and other media, present many strong suggestions to children. Can you see Mister Dog's casual pipe smoking being included in a book today? Can you imagine Walter the Farting Dog being published fifty years ago? By looking at books from the past, with their (to us) obvious morality lessons or old-fashioned ideas, maybe we can better judge the books of today, including the ones we are creating. What's seems normal and natural for one time period may look quaint or wrong in another time. How will the books of today look in the future? Times change and so do the messages we give to kids. Just look at Fred Flintstone.

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