Children's stories have come a long way in the last fifty years. Or have
they? Some of the best children's stories are the same ones we heard when
we were young. They have become classics and we pass them down to our children
and their children, and every generation that follows.
There are the sweet kinds of children's stories, where the main characters have
adventures but are never really in danger of any kind. Then there are the other
kinds of children's stories that involve terrible monsters, witches, and evil
stepmothers whose sole purpose is to murder the main character, which often is
a child. The good thing about these stories is that they almost always seem to
have a happy ending. The evil characters are defeated or punished in some way
that was cleverly devised by our small heroes. These stories are actually packed
with lessons for children. They try to teach children that good always wins over
evil, and that no evil goes unpunished in the end. The most important lesson
they teach children is that even the smallest person can be empowered, and do
great things. Things that maybe even big grownup people couldn't do. With all
the real evils in the world it is important for a child to know that they don't
have to be silent or helpless if they should cross paths with evil in their own
Modern children's stories seem to follow the same formula as the classics, but
there are parents who object to the evil and violence. Even the short children's
stories that we call nursery rhymes were sometimes terribly violent.
Different children will like different stories, just like some adults prefer
one genre over another. Reading a child a story is a must for every parent or
caregiver. It brings you closer together, and teaches the child the most important
lesson a story could, the love of reading.