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Rebecca

I just had an interesting conversation with the children's librarian at our local library, and she was noticing the fact that the "children's" books that are blessed with the richest language are all British--I had mentioned how much I'd enjoyed listening to Terry Prachett's Wintersmith on cd. We're both also big fans of Hilary McKay's series about the Casson family, for the same reason. A lovely tradition!

The weather in Maine is calling for a blizzard and my family is tucking in happily for it. Our Christmas lights are blazing for the Solstice, and we are playing carols--a great time to dig up a well written book and my latest sock!

Peter the flautist

As a counter-example what about the fabulous and inventive use of language in "The Phantom Tollbooth"? That is most certainly written by a N.American writer, Norton (aka Norman) Juster.

Rebecca

That's absolutely true--we were aware of the faultiness of the generalization even as we made it. However, it was telling that when we cast our (adult) minds back over books we'd loved for the texture of their language, we came up with an amazing number of British writers. Phantom Tollbooth is a wonderful story: the Threadbare Excuse still figures in my life as a teacher!


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