I didn’t like cooked carrots when I was a child. REALLY didn’t like them. But Phyllis, my mother’s friend, told me carrots would make my hair curly, and I ate them because it would be worth it.
I’m still waiting, Phyllis.
Now Jeanette reports that her 3 1/2-year-old niece wants to grow her hair long like Tina’s in Scissortown so she can carry it in a basket.
When I read or tell the story to very young children and ask them if their daddies pull up trees like this, the answer is always yes.
Ditto when I ask very little boys if they take a ruler to the barbershop.
In light of the fact that, in the minds of little ones, Goldilocks really did eat Baby Bear’s porridge AND break his chair . . .
as writers of children’s books, should we always make sure that the winner comes out on top by making good choices?