I bet that module will be really helpful.
I sure it will. We also studied comics in that module, but I’m not convinced that value, not compared with books.
One of the great of things about words is that you use imagination but with a comics you don’t have to.
But children are so used to visual input on TV, video games and so on.
There are plenty of kids who wouldn’t even try to read books, so I think comics can serve a really useful purpose.
You mean it’s better to read a comic than not to read at all?
Yes, I suppose you’re right. I’m just thinking sad when children don’t read books.
What about books for girls and books for boys? Does the course go into that?
Yes, there’s a module on it.
For years, lots of stories in English, at least, assumed that the boys went out and did the adventurous things and girls stayed at home and played with dolls.
I was amazed how many books were targeted just one sex or the other.
Of course, this reflects the society as it’s when the books are written.
That’s true. So it sounds as though you think it’s a good course?
Have you been reading lots of the children stories, to help you decide whether to take the course?
Yeah, I’ve gone as far back to the late 17 century, though I know that was early children’s stories.
So that mean you’ve read the Perrault’s fairy tales?
Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, and so on.
Yes, they must be important because no stories of that time has written before, They were the first.
And there’s The Swiss Family Robinson.
I haven’t read that.
The English name is makes it as though Robinson is the family’s surname, but a more accurate translation would be The Swiss Robinsons, because it’s about a Swiss family who are shipwrecked, like Robinson Crusoe in the novel of a century earlier.
Well, I’ve never know that.
Have you ever read Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King?
Wasn’t that the basis for the Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker?
That’s right, it has some quite bizarre elements.
I hope you’ve read Oscar Wilde’s the Happy Prince.
It’s my probably favourite children’s story all of time.
Oh, mine too. And it’s so surprising because Wilde is best know for his plays, and most of them are very witty, but the happy prince is really moving.
I’m struggled with talking Tolkien’s the lord of the rings three long books, I’ve get part of one.
It’s extremely popular, though.
Yes, but whreas something like The Happy Prince just carried me along with it, the lord of the rings took more effort than was I prepared to give it.
I didn’t find that-I love it
Another one I’ve read is War Horse.
Oh yes, it’s about the first war world, isn’t it?
Hardly what you’d expect for a children’s story?