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No easy correlation between books and behavior

October 14, 2011

I’m going to appropriate Richard Flynn’s concluding statement from his 2007 editorial so as to recreate it as a question…

How can we raise “questions that challenge commonsensical notions of the relationship between children and their texts“?… and remind ourselves “that there is no easy correlation between books and behavior, and that creative and imaginative readers, child and adult, understand that the question of representation is never simple“?

Ref: Richard Flynn (2007) ‘Children’s Reading and ‘Potential Power’ Children’s Literature Association Quarterly; 83-85.  (my emphases, p85, but I am extracting it from the context of his analysis of the articles in this issue)


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