Child’s Play

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Not a day goes by that there isn’t some new study on how children’s brains work and what kind of media they should be consuming, With all the scientifically backed books out there now, it’s good to also have some children’s literature that’s still about introducing them to what stories can do. For Slate, Adrienne Raphel looks at Gertrude Stein’s children’s book The World is Round and muses on what kind of books we should write for children:

If Mitchell’s Here and Now Story Book teaches kids how to experience the world by activating their senses, The World Is Round teaches kids how to experience the world by activating their imaginations. Stein’s stream-of-consciousness style shows the flow of Rose’s thoughts, but its effect is to get the reader’s own stream of consciousness going.


Theodora Messalas is a New York-based writer and editor who could easily be talked into going to grad school. More from this author →