The Mysteries of Life in Children’s Literature

Aug 30, 2022 | Blog, Book Reviews

by Mitchell Kalpagian

I loved practically every sentence of this book. To read this book is to be immersed in the world of children and everything that they are – my favorite of all worlds.

The author takes us through the mysteries of

  • life
  • wishes
  • luck
  • goodness
  • truth
  • beauty
  • children
  • play
  • friendship
  • home
  • nature
  • Divine Providence
  • stories

as each is illustrated in children’s literature. How the virtuous and the good prosper. How oftentimes in children’s literature, it is children that teach us the deepest truths (as they do in reality).

It is obvious that the author of the book had a great love for children and their literature. His enthusiasm for both is very contagious.

Important note for bibliophiles: there are many leads for good books in this book!

Though, I should add, the final chapter has a completely different tone from the rest of the book. Whereas the rest of the book felt like a whimsical frolic through fields of flowers, the final chapter was a bit more blunt. Sledgehammer blunt. However, I think it worked to write it that way in order to illustrate the difference between a world that welcomes children with open arms and our more anti-child culture.


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