The Dinosaur Daily
February 23, 2014
Article: 9 Life Lessons Everyone Can Learn From These Beloved Classic Children’s Books by the Huffington Post; Published February 3rd, 2014; Written by Amanda Sherker
The child that reads is a child that learns.
Think about all those books you read as a child. Or maybe you didn’t read that many, but I bet you’ve got one book that stayed with you after all these years. These books, these characters, become our best friends even after the story is finished being told. For me, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein was an enormous impact in my life; I was wild about climbing trees and Silverstein’s book taught me to appreciate nature and the sacrifice of others. Another favorite of mine is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Max wanted to run away and so did I. But like Max, I learned to live my fantasy, and always return home. Where the Wild Things Are is one of the 10 books chosen by the Huffington Post in the post 9 Life Lessons Everyone Can Learn From These Beloved Classic Children’s Books. Chances are you’ve read most or all of these books listed, and I hope you will agree that some very valuable insights came to you as a child from reading these books or others like them.
This article by the Huffington Post popped up in my Facebook newsfeed, and I honestly expected it to be another article claiming the best 10 books and why everyone should love them, but it’s much more insightful. This article is about the heart of these classic books and why they are loved. Of course many more books could be added to the list, everyone was influenced differently as a child, but the point is that Children’s Literature, including picturebooks, has the potent power to make children (and adults) understand difficult concepts in their own corners of the world. It is a mutual understanding, interpreted by children all over the world. The picturebook isn’t as simple as it seems, they are beautifully complex pieces of art and the correlations between the visual and verbal narratives can say speak directly to the reader in his or her own language and understanding. This article is a good reminder for every reader to return to the lessons they learned as a child and reflect how it has affected them today. Maybe it is time to return to our favorite children’s tales to relive the memories and re-stoke the embers of insight.