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  •  Maybe I tend to politicize things too much, but (4+ / 0-)

    I was always troubled by the message of the Thomas books. In the typical story, there would be one troublemaker engine agitating for better working conditions or the freedom to go his own way, and the troublemaker would usually get his comeuppance somehow and learn that it was always best to go along and obey the bosses.  So these were my least favorite books to read my kids, but unfortunately I was forced to read a lot of them, because my kids actually liked these books when they were little. Maybe that says something about kids' need for safety, security and authority figures.

    So it is interesting to learn that these books seem to have some value for autistic kids. I don't know why that should be, but I guess it's good these books have value for somebody.  

    Personally, I preferred reading my kids books that encouraged rebelliousness. Roald Dahl was my favorite.

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