>The New York Times has picked up on the story about British mums and dads disdaining fairytales. The Times reporter adds a concern of her own: “My own question about these tales — Brother Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Disney (original and adapted) — has always been: where are the mothers?” I would tell her but am afraid I would swipe my answer completely from an essay forthcoming in the March Horn Book called “The Adventures of Mommy Buzzkill” by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. Look for it.
But the person who scares me more than all the wolves and witches put together is one of the Times commenters:
As much as I love books, I’m making up stories for my four year old niece instead of reading books. It sharpens my imagination, makes bedtime more exciting for both of us and enables me to control content. Often it is interactive too–sometimes I invite my niece to make up new characters or decide on the ending.
I think we need to challenge ourselves to rely less on existing stories in favor of homespun, age-appropriate content for our little ones.
I think I would find it very hard to sleep with that person in my house.