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Date: 2017-04-19 01:45 pm (UTC)
finding_helena: Girl staring off into the distance. Text from "River of Dreams" by Billy Joel (Default)
"and I have always been really frustrated with how little Dahl seems to understand the perspective of an academically precocious child."

Interesting. Care to expand on that?

I think back and the issue I always had was that the reading material that was at my reading level dealt with concepts that were way beyond my experience level. And Dahl definitely doesn't show Matilda getting frustrated with Great Expectations due to not understanding any of the characters or situations. Now my 5 year old daughter is reading books written for upper elementary school kids, but I don't think she's going to run across a lot of "adult concepts" in Henry and Beezus. In a few more years, though, she's probably going to have the same problem as me; a 10 year old with a teen reading level isn't going to be able to relate to books about teens or adults.

I bet Matilda isn't meant to be at all realistic in that respect.
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