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  •  there was 19thC kiddylit? (4+ / 0-)

    all i can think of is peterpan ('tho orig'lly a play?) and Alice In W'land...  oh, LM Alcott i guess ... an author who wrote for adults initially and out of dire necessity.  Interesting she made the transition

    •  There was tons of it (1+ / 0-)
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      Most of it forgettable.

      -9.0, -8.3 "Remember, a writer writes. Always." --Throw Momma from the Train

      by SensibleShoes on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 08:19:42 AM PST

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      •  the instructive moralistic kind of thing? (0+ / 0-)

        perhaps this parallels the invention of clothing actually engineered for the activity of children and easier child-dressing efforts by parents & care-givers instead of the scaled down versions of adult clothing which continued most of the way 'thru the victorian era.

        i remember getting a huge laugh out of an imitation regency novel about 20 yrs ago, in which a gentleman says, upon being introduced to the heroine, "Unnecessary; I've known Miss Whatsit anytime since she was breached." The author didn't realize that male and female babies were both dressed in long bedgown little garments until potty-training (or whatever the contemporary expression) made sex-differentiated garments feasible, in the case of boys... to be 'breeched', first dressed in breeches and presentable to adults.  Apparently the author misread the proper spelling in Heyer or somewhere, and assumed that "breached" meant 'born'.  ... altho' i spoze it could have meant born, but nothing i'd read in thackery, austen, farnol, 2 or 3 popular novels of the era, and bits and pieces of the early 20th set in earlier times had any discussion of such matters in mixed company.  

        i can't really think of anything else besides what i mentioned meant to be read to or by children ...also the grimms' collections, once adults had accustomed themselves and recognized the moralistic utility of those stories... so i probably never acquainted myself with anything ... can't quite recall when Collodi wrote Pinochio .. oh, wikipedia says 1883 ... Peter Pan 1903 or so, eh, i give up.

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