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Stunning pictures but...,
This review is from: Gorilla (Paperback)
I am not entirely comfortable with this book.
The illustration is fantastic but what on earth are we expected to make of the story?
Our heroine is dreadfully neglected. In particular Dad has no time for her. In one picture she appears to be in a room bare of all but a television. What is that about?
The girl is rescued from her neglect by a gorilla. Is this fantasy or allegory?
In the end Dad finally seems to make an effort but do we really think it is going to last? Is it a happy ending?
As a Dad I am not wholly relaxed reading this to my daughter. Just what message is it sending?
But those pictures...
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Initial post: 11 Sep 2009 15:02:05 BDT
Charlotte was both says:
The fact that the story is somewhat ambivalent and it's not all roses and happy ever after is the whole point!
I felt that this was a story that both adults and children could enjoy -- there's food for thought for grown-ups, too. Lots of rich imagery and references in the illustrations, as always from this fantastic author.
Posted on 2 Mar 2010 18:52:32 GMT
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2010 21:10:08 GMT
Mrs H says:
It is so important for children to see a wide range of experience in books. Every single child will feel let down, confused or left out at certain points of their childhoods and need texts that will support them in thinking about how to cope with these feelings. No?
You will notice that many popular children's films present a dark storyline alongside the happy ending, and children are drawn to exploration of awkward feelings and truths, just as we are. We should expect no less of storybooks, sometimes.
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