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Haaretz - Israel News - Magic from a block of wood

An Israeli review of a new version of Pinnochio: "Harpatkaotav shel Pinokio" ("The Adventures of Pinocchio") by Carlo Collodi, Penguin, $19.99 [translated into Hebrew from the Italian with an afterword by Anat Spitzen, illustrations by Uri Ashi, Carmel Publishing House, 432 pages, NIS 94]... ...

It could be that English children's books are better than others. It could be that the 20th century, at least at its beginning, did well by children. The talk of misery and making the child miserable became two different things. "Winnie the Pooh" or "The Wind in the Willows" are genuinely fine literature. Yet nevertheless, the father and the mother who read to their children are all too often faced with too easy a choice, "what we ourselves read." No wonder, then, that the most popular children's books among adults, according to The Guardian at least, are the children's books of Enid Blyton, the author of "The Famous Five," which became "The Secret Seven."

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