desert island question

Elizabeth Evans er.evans at
Mon Apr 26 18:04:52 EDT 2004

Hello erudite DWJers
I passed the query on to my sister who is a devoted DWJ and fantasy reader.
She questioned whether kindergarten age children would be ready for DWJ but
made some alternative suggestions:

The earliest fantasy I could think of would be Jill Murphy (Worst Witch
etc), possibly Nigel Hinton's Beaver Towers, Lloyd Alexander's The Black
Cauldron series, and I would still expect those to be too old.  I would
think that only
child geniiiiiii would read WW at that age.
Picture books - My Grandmother is an Alien by Babette Cole


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-dwj at [mailto:owner-dwj at]On Behalf Of
> Robyn Starkey
> Sent: Saturday, April 24, 2004 12:19
> To: dwj at
> Subject: desert island question
> Hi all you erudite dwjers,
> I just found out I will be teaching a children's lit course in the fall.
> So, as part of my prep, and a bit of fun, I thought I would ask for
> nominations. Naturally, my course is going to have a bit of a fantasy
> focus. My students are mostly in the early childhood ed program, so the
> course has an emphasis on literature for younger children. You
> are invited
> to nominate texts for the syllabus. Picture books as well as
> chapter books
> are available options.
> My question is, what book(s) would you most like to study? Or, if
> you like,
> which ones should I be teaching? The current dwj frontrunner is
> Witch Week,
> because it is sooooooo cool to compare it with Harry Potter.
> Robyn

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