The Best Books Ever: Little Critter

Brock R

When I was younger I enjoyed I series of children’s books called the little critter books. They all were these short stories about a critter, maybe some kind of hamster, that did everyday activities and the story narrates his adventures and the small but important lesson that he learns along the way. The story reflects well some of what Locke points out as saying “never trouble your self about those faults in them, which you know age will cure,” in a lot of the books his parents will briefly scold him but them bring light to the lesson behind his experience. Locke also speaks about how good children wish to model after their own parents, which a lot of the books show the little critter attempting to mimic his parents good behavior by helping others and being responsible. These books are true coming of age tales, the little critter is in most cases doing something wrong while his parents and teachers calmly correct his behavior and tell him what is right.

The particular story I enjoyed was when the little critter went to school. This was a personal favorite because it gave me a sense of comfort before I had to go out into the world and meet new people and immerse myself in a new world. The fact that another entity, though fictional, was going through the same hardship I was made me feel better and more comfortable. The story starts with the little critter reluctant to go to school until his mom tells him all the great things he will get to do. He finally agrees and meets lots of people along the way and in the end, he can’t wait to go back the next day and see everyone that he knows. The story is a pure, good book that is often hard to come by within today’s media often found to have subtle, alternative agendas within their networks and programs. Strasburger takes a similar view as Locke on children stating further on “how sophisticated and clever children can be”. He states that they are more technologically savvy and many can use devices as well as their parents are able. However this amount of access can also be dangerous and harmful to a child if not monitored appropriately. That isn’t to say that they shouldn’t explore and have fun and play games on their ipads, but not to the point where they are self absorbed in the technology. Books like the little critter books are a great way for children to not only practice reading and learn values, but also a chance to connect with a parent or brother or sister reading with them without being surrounded by all the extra “noise” that comes with most entertainment today.

The story as well as Blake’s poem, the schoolboy, sort of reflect a kind of innocence and wonder that a child experiences when going to school. The first day, as in the little critter, is filled with excitement, new experiences, and new interactions with people they wouldn’t normally be exposed to. However as the days wear on like in Blake’s poem, the days become longer waking up early every morning, trudging to school, on top of getting homework done ways heavy on the mind of a child. In a later little critter book he speaks badly of school because of all the homework  he must be assigned. These experiences whether good or bad that children go through all are what shape us to become the adults that we are today.

https://engl382fall2013.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/strasburger-children-and-adolescents.pdf

https://engl382fall2013.wordpress.com/readings/john-locke-some-thoughts-concerning-education-1692-part-iv/

https://engl382fall2013.wordpress.com/readings/0910-blake-songs-of-innocence-and-experience-1789/

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2 thoughts on “The Best Books Ever: Little Critter

  1. Your reference to Locke was good, but explore it a little more. I don’t know what argument you’re trying to make when paraphrasing Strasburger, so cite the particular passage and tie it back to the prompt. And the Blake reference feels more tangential than tied into your argument of morality implemented through “Little Critter.” You’ve got a skeleton so far, but dig into the texts, link them to one another, and form your argument to put some meat on the bones. As it stands, “U”. Reread the prompt and then your post to see how you can reach the requirements.

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