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On the Selection of Bedtime Reading for Children

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A cobble by itself is just a small stone, but when many of them lay together they create a path . My life is made up of many discrete parts. I have to find ways to fit them all into place so that I can continue to journey where I desire to go. This journal records some of the cobbles that create my path.

On the Selection of Bedtime Reading for Children

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Note to teachers:

If you assign a book that is historical fiction about the industrial revolution in which all of the protagonist’s friends die dramatically during a factory fire, please let me know the contents of the book so that I can make sure my daughter does not read it at bedtime. My daughter has an extremely vivid imagination and a strong propensity to identify with book characters. She has cried her eyes red and spent an outraged hour telling me all the gruesome details about the deaths and the dishonesty of the industrial revolution factory owner. I suppose this is the point of the book. We must learn history in order to not repeat it. However I can not in good conscience turn off the light and leave my child alone with these dark and terrible thoughts. An application of the Wordgirl audio book may be insufficient antidote to allow sleep to arrive at a reasonable hour.

Thanks,
Me.

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  • Would she be reading Lyddie by Katherine Paterson? That's such a heart-wrenching book. Though there are a couple other newer books just out about the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, that seems the most likely for school reading.
    • Lyddie was a couple of weeks ago and was not as bad. This one was Ashes of Roses. Yes it was about the Triangle Shirtwaist fire.

      The good news is that she doesn't seem to be hyper-focused on it this morning. It was the timing of the content that was problematic, not the existence of the content.
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