A curious bit in a prose supplement of a 1958 edition of Roy J. Cook's wildly popular One Hundred and One Famous Poems:
In choosing books for children these rules, recently laid down by an author of books for boys, are worth the consideration of parents:
"Read your children's books yourself. Or better still, get your boy or girl to read them aloud to you. Ask yourself during the reading:
'Does this book lay stress on villainy, deception or treachery?'
'Are all the incidents wholesome, probable and true to life?'
'Does it show young people contemptuous toward their elders and successfully opposing them?'
'Do the young characters in the book show respect for teachers and others in authority?'
'Are these characters the kind of young people you wish your children to associate with?'
'Does the book speak of and describe pranks, practical jokes and pieces of thoughtless and cruel mischief as though they were funny and worthy of imitation?''Is the English good and is the story written in good style?' "
* Post originally written 09/20/10, posted using Blogger's scheduled post