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3.0 out of 5 stars 'Shame on you Julia' - culturally., 17 May 2010
This review is from: Stick Man (Hardcover)
As ardent Donaldson/Scheffler fans (we have them all), this one has made something stick in my craw. The storyline, the well-loved rhyming style and of course, the fantastic Scheffler artwork cannot be faulted. I was immediately struck however, by the 'happy ending' which concludes at Xmas time. Considering that Donaldson's readership is British children, I feel that she may not have taken into account the multi ethnical traditions of her readers and that the significance of 'getting home for Xmas' might be lost to a large group of children. (My son doesn't share my concerns, he got it right away, but then we celebrate Xmas.) It's a lovely story,(I particularly love the reference to 'Pooh Sticks') and it is gauged just at the right level of hope and anxiety which youngsters can deal with. I am saddened by the fact though, that a proportion of Don/Sch fans might not benefit from this one because of the 'traditional Xmas' ending. We live outside the UK and I am the 'recommender' of English books to our local group. 'Stick Man' hasn't gone down so well here with my son's friends (or their parents) as have all the others.
('Bad show Julia'. When considering your next one, please try to keep this in mind! ALL children benefit from literature and your success tells you that your books have a huge impact on British children. Consider that fact that quite soon (without a doubt) you will be translated into other languages, but storylines which refer to specific traditions or religions ideals won't work!!!)
All said and done however, my son loves this one just as much as the others, and when we go for a walk, he picks up a stick and makes it into Stick Man!
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