You know, what’s so interesting to me is how this shows the power of children’s books. So many of us read that series and remember being so distressed and frightened at Mary’s blindness. And I remember so vividly Anne Shirley’s trials and successes growing up (puffed sleeves!), and Betsy and Tacy’s adventures.
Books help teach me to feel empathy for children whose lives were very different from mine. Are video games and movies doing that today? I don’t think so. I wish schools were better at developing a love of reading in children.