Friday, September 29, 2006

This is so sad ...

... Portrait of a Disadvantaged Child . (Hat tip, Maxine Clarke.)


  1. Anonymous2:13 PM

    Mum inadvertently provides a good argument for capital punishment!

  2. Anonymous3:24 PM

    I must admit, I don't understand why the mother wouldn't want her daughter to read books. My parents encouraged me to read, in all genres. I cannot imagine my life without being able to experience other worlds through the pages of a book.

  3. Anonymous10:54 PM

    I'm quite sure Katie is going to rebel against that martinet Mummy and one way she'll do it will be by reading, reading, reading!

    My two kids see both their parents reading all the time; one therefore *says* reading is uncool (but nevertheless does it, all the time, but furtively if I bother to pay attention), the other one is blissed out when he's in a book and also likes to write them (penned his first novel, _The Emperor, the Thief, and the Assassin_ when he was ten -- it was surprisingly good, though it owed debts to J.K. Rowling, Brian Jacques, and J.R.R. Tolkien).

    What I don't get in this story is WHY a mother would ever say what Katie's mother said? What could her possible motivation be?