An Evening With Grandpa by Diana Matlin

By Diana Matlin

Whilst little Annie will get ailing one evening, she has no selection yet to stick at domestic whereas her kinfolk has enjoyable on the theater. apparently Annie must spend a humdrum night with Grandpa till he suddenly starts to inform her a fairy story approximately Pawnie, a tender lady who lives within the far flung Chess nation. Does the green Pawnie have what it takes to reach this outstanding event and make her dream of turning into a princess come actual? "An night With Grandpa" will take a tender reader on a trip in the course of the fairy story so one can mixture the magic of chess with a distinct evening for Annie and her grandfather.

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Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga (2005–), on the other hand, draws on the tradition of Gothic vampire stories, but updated for a teenage readership, continuing in the vein of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Other notable writers include Theresa Breslin, Gillian Cross, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson, Tom Pow, Keith Gray, Benjamin Zephaniah and Meg Rosoff. There is a continuance of associations between childhood and healing of the family, social groups, and the environment that stems back to Romantic notions of childhood innocence but, on the other hand, there are greater challenges and uncertainties facing the child protagonists that cannot be easily resolved with happy endings.

Instances like the Swing Riots in the 1820s or the famous Massacre at Peterloo in 1819 all led the British Government of the day to be very alert to lower-class radical movements and the threat that they might pose to the British establishment. Arguably, the lower-class child, unlike the cherub-like privileged child, had to be instilled with innocence 39 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE IN CONTEXT or, if you like, their childhood identity had to be created through discourse. Thus, While Wordsworth was extremely vocal in his support of fairy tales, he was careful to recommend religious tracts for the children of the poor.

In 1971, eight out of ten children aged 7 to 8 could go to school alone; by 1991, this had decreased to less than one in ten. In 1982, Neil Postman’s The Disappearance of Childhood regarded the dominance of new media and visual culture over printed books as a sign that children were becoming levelled with adults, insofar as they can give an instant response rather than have to learn words. If ‘learning to read was a difficult task’, then ‘the visual media required no such prolonged training: everyone, immediately could make some response to a picture’ (discussed in Cunningham 2006: 229).

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