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July 09, 2011

Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again

Paul Waldman argues reading children's literature - tales of heroes, heroism and adventure - leads to depression in adulthood. Nothing in Harry Potter prepares kids for a future burdened with television, trips to the bathroom and filling out tax forms.

...it's incredibly compelling to imagine yourself not only as someone to whom exciting things happen but as someone who is more than those around you.

The problem is that then you begin to grow up and realize you're just a lowly muggle.

Kedhis replies in the comments.

I agree with Paul wholeheartedly. That's why I stay away from Dr Seuss and other such nonsense and read only manuals to my daughter. Just the other night she asked me to read the sink disposal safety guide again. Ha ha, she loves it. I started off with Ikea manuals because they don't have words. The best part is that our reading material is free.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 9, 2011 07:58 AM