Turtle Diary

Possibly the biggest tragedy in children’s literature is that people won’t stop writing it. People write books for children but I don’t think it’s for children at all. I think that all the people who worry so much about the children are really worrying about themselves, about keeping their world together and getting the children to help them do it, getting the children to agree that it is indeed a world. Each new generation of children has to be told: “This is a world, this is what one does, one lives like this.” Maybe our constant fear is that a generation of children will come along and say: “This is not a world, this is nothing, there’s no way to live at all.”

Turtle Diary by Russell Hoban

Read my review of Russell Hoban’s Bread and Jam for Frances here. 


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