Kiddie Lit

Kiddie Lit

Kids’ writers should not share advice or issue proclamations,
give retorts to news reports or deal with exclamations.
Pervasive thoughts that they promote should be more of the soul.
Promoting  thoughts of mermaids should rather be their goal.

Reality will find us no matter where we look,
in news stands or on Twitter or in every printed book.
It’s fantasy that needs support in this day and age
when bad news is what we get on every written page.

Early on, a kid is taught to exercise and hustle,
but it’s equally important to develop other muscle.
A brain needs exercising, too, and after its gestation
is best served by means of an active imagination.

 

 

 

 

Prompts today are mermaid, writer, pervasive, retort, advice and proclamation.

12 thoughts on “Kiddie Lit

  1. Sam

    Oh I loved The Teenie-Weenies” as a kid and looked forward to the “funny papers” each Sunday for the next serial of them. I am going to see if I can find that book you posted on line. My mother insisted that reading the newspaper on Sunday was a big SIN~! But I would sneak around and find it after my dad got finished..hiding behind a great big overstuffed couch that we called a “Setee” (SIC?) (do you think that I really will go to Hell~? I never could find the word “newspaper” in the Bible~)

    PS, I sent you a wordy email today~!

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      1. Sam

        Did you ever lie on your stomach with a magnifying glass to watch the aints moving in and out of their hole.. Yes I did learn that if the sun was shining just right it did smoke them. Sorry ants~!

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong

    Don’t you love those old books with those illustrations? My Uncle Jack was a printer and he printer those type of books. You could actually FEEL the print in the pages. And you could smell the book for years. The pages were wonderful and rich.

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  3. Sam

    Yes, now they learn that: “the wheels on a bus go round and round~!” Then they graduate to their own cell phone and become experts moving their little fingers rapidly to play games on it. Sorry but this bothers me, even if they become experts on how that thing works.

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  4. drkottaway

    Wonderful! I used to be able to recite Dr. Seuss’s ABC from start to finish and a pediatric cardiologist and I did so one morning when I was in residency. He had little kids the same age as mine. I said that I was not a star at memorizing medical papers but I was really good at kids’ books. He said which ones? The rest of the team arrived as we were in full swing. Later a team member whispered to me “So now I have to memorize kids’ books too?” No sense of humor, oh, well.

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      1. drkottaway

        I don’t know that one… but Bartholomew Cubbins and the 500 hats, oooo that was brilliant. And the tongue twisters in Fox in Socks.

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