Have created a list of great international children’s book on Amazon. I am just so shocked that a lot of my favourite children’s books are not recognised or known at all in British culture – like Pippi Longstocking for example or even Momo. Unfortunately I could not find the Turkish book I have read a while ago, or the one set in ancient Rome. I thought it was called “Quo Vadis”, but I am sure it was a children’s book and not the classic by Henryk Sienkiewicz. I forgot the title of the book about the heist mystery set in ancient Egypt and the story of the Great Dane dog.
And also I am a bit confused about what to say about semi-historical books which might have some prejudicial stereotypes in them, like Enid Blython’s partly discriminatory portrayal of gypsies for examples, or Astrid Lindgren’s partly racist portrayal of natives on the tropical island.
I still like the books though. The best would be for the parents to discuss these issues with the kids? What do you think?