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"It's only as adults that we make the mistake of thinking that children's literature, along with fairy tales, is essentially escapist. When we pick these books up decades later, we're surprised to learn what we doubtless always sensed as kids, even if we lacked the vocabulary to articulate it: that these stories are about eternal human strengths and weaknesses, about how to exist in the world." -
Excerpt from an on-line article in "BBC Culture" about "The Hidden Messages in Children's Books", March 19, 2014