Animal stories for children and the use of animal characters in children's literature
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Animals are extremely important to children's books. They give children a sense of stability and changelessness in a changing, confusing world, both because animals change far less rapidly in time than we do and because they are members of a natural order full of beauty and spirituality. Furthermore, animals, who are (in children's books) frequently merely humans in disguise, bring human ideals to children. Emotionally appealing, they also teach children about the value of all good personality and all life.
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