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Peter Rabbit @ Easter

An appreciation of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit on his 100th Birthday (from the Los Angeles Times)

22. March 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Smallness: Miyazaki’s “Arrietty” & Norton’s “The Borrowers”

Nothing reveals the childhood fascination with smallness so much as the appeal of the microcosm (from the Los Angeles Times)

21. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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George Washington & the Cherry Tree

The legend meant to encourage truth-telling was itself a fabrication (from the Los Angeles Times)

12. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Monsters Aren’t What They Used to Be

Nowadays, I am sorry to say, monsters aren’t what they used to be (from the Los Angeles Times)

27. October 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Can Grown-Ups Be Trusted?

Children’s Films and Plays Turn Dark

07. September 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Maurice Sendak’s “The Nutcracker”

(from the Los Angeles Times Book Review)

22. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Oz & California: L. Frank Baum

 How the Author of the Oz Books Came to Live in California (from the Los Angeles Times Magazine)

14. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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The Year of Mark Twain

“Learning by impersonation”

07. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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The Movie “Up”: Literary Antecedents

“This focus on a senior and his transformation is uncommon”

07. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Interviews: Jonathan Cott

 Seuss, Sendak, Steig, Lindgren, Achebe, Travers, Opie

24. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Teacher Preparation

Can Little Mary Learn if Teacher’s in the Dark? “Technique” gang aims to steer the college training away from content  

18. March 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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The Prince & the Pauper

The book that “everyone seems to know but few have actually read,” Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper,” has continued to fascinate me. I wrote about it at length in “Audacious Kids: The Classic American Children’s Story” and linked it … Continue reading

07. March 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Spielberg’s “Hook” & the Real Peter Pan

Throughout much of Stephen Spielberg’s new movie, “Hook,” my 12-year-old son and I found ourselves in the same state as the character played by Robin Williams: struggling to remember. At one point, having returned to Never-Never Land as a middle-aged … Continue reading

20. February 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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P.L. Travers: A Remembrance

P. L. Travers died recently, at the age of 90. Perhaps it was wrong for me to think that she would always be here for us, for me. She was the wisest woman I ever met. Travers wrote the “Mary … Continue reading

09. February 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Burdening Kids with Innocence

Danielle van Dam. Samantha Runnion. Nicole Timmons. Jahi Turner. Alexis Patterson. Jennifer Short. Elizabeth Smart. The list seems endless. In 2002, child-snatching seems a national epidemic taking on the biblical proportions of Herod’s slaughter of the innocents. 

01. February 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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“Beauty & the Beast” in Our Time

(from the Los Angeles Times Book Review) Sometimes extraordinary things happen to ordinary people, even professors. First I had a phone call from a program director at BBC4 in England. He was thinking about doing a program about fairy tales. … Continue reading

28. January 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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