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Minders of Make-Believe by Leonard S. Marcus
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Oct 21, 2008

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I did learn some new things in this history of children's literature in America, starting with the fact that the Puritans only allowed Biblical reading because anything else was considered frivolous. Many influences were touched upon--social, political, religious, educational, international--but none were treated with any real depth or detail. Instead there seemed to be endless and minute discussion of publishers, editors, and the political intrigue of that world; this focus was just not that compelling to me.

Marcus' discussion of the rich and constantly changing children's book industry of the last 50 years seems rushed and compressed, often merely a list of publishers merging and beloved editors mistreated and lost.

There is a lot of good and interesting information here. Perhaps it is just too large a subject for one book to tackle.

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