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Picturing a World

Bear in the snow

As we go into a stormy weekend, I'm posting this gentle illustration by Garth Williams from Little House in the Big Woods simply because I love it.

As a library trustee, I'm well aware of the controversy over the authenticity of The Little House series and Laura Ingalls Wilder's references non-white people. All the same, I'm old enough to be glad I read them. I also believe that when children have access to lots of different things, they are well able to sort them out. For an interesting reaction by an older Black woman to the series, click here.
As for the bear in the snow, well, okay, in the book Pa shoots it and the little girls greedily rejoice. But in my imagination, it makes it to its den.

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