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Bedtime Stories - Fairy Tales Replaced with Gentler Narratives

Aug 06, 2009 11:12AM

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Controversy is cooking as some parents find classic fairy tales too dark for storytelling to little ones. The Telegraph reports that a poll of 3,000 British parents showed that a quarter of the mothers reject some of the classic tales today, even if they grew up reading them. Cited concerns in the UK about their being un-PC are joined by questions in the United States about their perpetuation of gender and beauty myths.

More recent favorite bedtime stories on the Telegraph’s list are: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Mr. Men, The Gruffalo, Winnie the Pooh, Aliens Love Underpants, Thomas and Friends from The Railway Series, The Wind in the Willows, Charlie and Lola, and What a Noisy Pinky Ponk!

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