Thanks again, friends, for your literary contributions on that last post.
Terri, I read a lot of Judy Blume in my school years, and in my seventh-grade year happened upon one that contained accounts of teen hanky-panky experimentation. I think it was called Forever. My mom wasn't aware of the content, but if she had been, she would have pulled it right from my hands! Are Judy Blume's grade-school selections all benign, in your opinion? I can't remember any of the story lines.
The boys really wanted a drawing book and just couldn't wait until Saturday, so we went to the library quickly for that today. I picked up four Boxcar Children. Interestingly, they all had different-sized print. The one I own has even smaller print than what I found today.
I wondered if they varied widely in reading level, which would explain the different print. I brought up an Accelerated Reader list and found that the few I had in hand ranged from 2.9 to nearly forth grade. The print size wasn't related to the reading level.
In other literary news, there was a Google search on my blog today using the sentence:
Are Magic Tree House Books Anti-Christian?
Before Peter got involved in that series I looked up Mary Pope Osborne's biography (the author). She traveled hippie style quite a bit in her younger years and earned a degree in Comparative Religion. She spent time in some of the cities that are central to several religions. Thus, her work is rich in history and culture and also in science facts--Peter enjoyed her rain forest selection. While she's most likely not a Christian, she is also not anti-Christian. I sense no agenda in her work, other than to delight and educate kids. As with any book, parents do need to be aware of content and assist with comprehension, as appropriate, as it relates to a Christian worldview. This is more necessary in some of her titles than others--such as in Sunset of the Sabertooth, which has cavemen and other prehistoric content.