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Monday, October 22, 2018

A Child’s Interpretation ~ The Rainbow Fish

A child's mind posses a super power. I'm not talking about how they navigate through our phones better than we do.  But a power that let's their mind travel to the future and create wondrous worlds. Without knowing anything about actual “science,” they design cities, cultures, and value systems with childish glee. We see it with Mindcraft. I've  spent hours under the direction of my daughter creating entire blockish empires. This is going somewhere, I promise.

Remember playing with your friends as a child? We didn't have all the resources there are today. I would conjure up scenarios, directed who acted which parts, and made costumes from what I could find. All with no money and a little comrade negotiation!
All this creative expression stemmed from books I read as a child. As a mom and educator, I see how reading opens channels for the imagination to run wild. Remember, this blog was started as my little reader and I took on reading the entire children's section at our library.  And it's through these books not only did she acquire high literacy and communication skills at a young age, but also learned values and how they work under examples.

What books are your children reading and what values are leaving an imprint? Here's why it's so important to know what your they are reading. After reading, The Rainbow Fish my daughter wanted to know why the fish had to give all his scales away to make friends? Sorry Marcus Pfister even a child may not have the word, but they can recognize rejection of individuality and promotion of socialism. You might be shaking your head saying the moral of the story is sharing. But it can be interpreted in several ways. My child came away with the message, you have to give up being unique to be accepted. And that you have to buy friends. How do you see this?  


NOBODY said...

Clearly, your child interpreted the book the correct way. It does promote socialism.

Library Romp said...

Yes, my daughter spotted this right away. Most children would not blatantly recognize this. But having raised her with conservative values, she recognized this very early in the story.

As we romped our local library, we found that classic children’s literature mostly portrays conservative values. Unlike today’s books playing the “multicultural” card. Many publishers and the writing community use books as a tool to engrain leftist ideology. Hence, The Rainbow Fish and Little Red Hen Makes A Pizza.
I’ve had a few publishers tell me my work is great, but not inclusive. So, I’m supposed to give Pixie two mommies and make her any other race than white? Doing this would change the premise of my story and take away what I want to portray.

There are parents and educators looking for books depicting conservative values and morals. But they are not as vocal as the other side. Yes, it’s tough being the odd one out in the writing world. But stick to what you feel is right and you’ll be surprised those with similar values will find you. They are out there my friend.

I appreciate your comment and thank you for connecting.

~ Coraline Grace