Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Sign of the Times


Today I ran across this Caldecott Honor book  I hadn't read before.  The Paperboy tells about a young boy and his trusty dog, who crawl out of their cozy, warm bed at the crack of early.  He rolls through the neighborhood with his dog trotting along behind in the dark chill of early morning to deliver newspapers. It's a sweet, simple story with lovely illustrations.

As I finished this book, I was struck by how much society has changed since it was first published in 1996.  Nowadays, who would allow their child to deliver newspapers in the wee hours, alone-even with an accompanying canine.  I know, the story is a romanticized idea.  But it's a sad truth that today's world can be a scary, even dangerous place for our children.

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