This is one of several– six, I think, I have four– Every Child Should Know books. Of course, many of the stories have not passed the test of time, given the times in which we live, but they do provide a window on the past which is something.
Maybe it’s the constant reminders on my phone that I have not given the correct permissions to some apps BECAUSE I DO NOT WANT TO GIVE PERMISSION and the continued foulness of my mood, but I’m ambivalent about “should.”
On the one hand, every child should know “The Fir-Tree,” “The Legend of Babouscka,” and “Christmas at Fezziwig’s Warehouse” because that’s how culture works. On the other, who are you Dickinson and Skinner to tell every child what he should know? (Note that I do know who Dickinson was and if anyone could tell kids what they should know it would be him. But still.)
Nice unassuming Preface:
Many librarians have felt the need and expressed the desire for a select collection of children’s Christmas stories in one volume. This book claims to be just that and nothing more.
Each of these stories has already won the approval of thousands of children, and each is fraught with the true Christmas spirit.
It is hoped that the collection will prove equally acceptable to parents, teachers, and librarians.
“[F]elt the need and expressed the desire.” I like that. Not terribly novel, but again, still.
I felt the need and am here expressing the desire to give a certain university administrator a good piece of my mind but as it disgusts me to see grown men cry anywhere but a funeral, I will refrain.
Oh, please. This book is not worth $20-65. I don’t care what condition it’s in.