He said: "I don't think there is such a thing as a bad book for children." Every now and again there was a fashion for saying that Enid Blyton or RL Stine was a bad author or that comics fostered illiteracy. "It's tosh. It's snobbery and it's foolishness."
He added: "Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child's love of reading. Stop them reading what they enjoy or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like – the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian 'improving' literature – you'll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and, worse, unpleasant." (Brown, 2013b).
CULTURE SCRAPBOOK - children's reading
CULTURE SCRAPBOOK - the Ramayana
Ramayana is well known across Asia with versions in Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia, China, Japan, Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia that predate many of the well-known written Indian versions. While they have elements in common with Valmiki, the differing environments in which they emerged have led to the addition of distinctive cultural features and characters. Across Asia Ramayana has been represented in a range of artistic forms such as theatre, film, dance, sculpture and painting. For many Indians, it is not through reading, but through the visual arts and storytelling that they become familiar with the story. Ramlila, for example, is an annual 10-day re-enactment of the Ramayana performed in villages all over India to commemorate the autumn festive period. In 2005 it was named by Unesco as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity, reminding us of its historical importance as an oral story told in performance as well as a written text, and ensuring that its presence is sustained. (Daljit, 2013).
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