"Momma, what's this book about?" That is a question that I hear every time we go to our local bookstore as my very curious six-year-old daughter picks up eye-catching books from various sections from fiction to biographies to psychology. My family spends a fair amount time in bookstores, so this is a query I've become accustomed to hearing and one I try my darndest to answer (but really, how does one explain James Joyce's "Ulysses" to a 6-year-old?).
Recently, I've been curious to see what she thought the books were about. She doesn't yet know --- from experience or exposure -- what the narrative of Jean-Paul Sartre's "No Exit" is about, what happens in the F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" or that George Orwell's "Animal Farm" is not a book for children.
What happens when this recent kindergarten graduate judges a book by its cover? Here are the results:
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