Friday, June 1, 2012


I doubt whether fiction that beats them over the head with a moral works any better for children than it does for adults. These are now a bit dated, but the storylines do reflect Monica Edwards' own wrestling with questions about the way animals should be treated in a way that assumes children can think for themselves.

Some of them (Punchbowl Midnight and The Wild One are particularly relevant to the aftermath of the dairy calf documentary as they portray a fictionalised picture of life on a small scale mixed farm in the 1950s and the conflict between profitability and love of animals.

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