Just chiming in on a Sunday to wish all you daddies out there a great Father’s Day! Wanted to point out this article in The New York Times Magazine about how to read race in vintage children’s books. I get this question a lot from readers as the bulk of the books I read to and with my son are vintage and quite often from another era as far as race is concerned. The author of this article evades questions from his six-year-old about race in old books, and I do empathize with his quandary on the subject. However, I’ve always pointed out and overly-explained the racial stereotypes in books to my son.
I’m with Maurice Sendak on this one… «Tell them anything you want.»
My son has never been too young to hear the truth.
Happy Daddy’s Day, everyone!
(Image from The Daddy Book)