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Understandable Children and The Enigma of Childhood

Perry Nodelman

A discussion of an unconvincing book about literary portrayals of childhood that ignores children's literature altogether--and a consideration of how knowledge of children's literature might have benefited to its argument. \"What he is really saying is the childhood is enigmatic because it is delightfully devoid of meaning—utter chaos. To praise children for being ignorant is dreadful insult to them.

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