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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Children Like Plot Over Theme

The goal in writing popular books for both adults and children is identical: Fiction is entertainment. Your children's book should not be designed to teach a lesson, send a message, or expound upon a moral theme. A theme, such as honesty is the best policy or perseverance pays, may be implicit in the storyline, but the point should be made subtly by the outcome of the plot. [Using books to politically indoctrinate children will destroy literature and free thinking.]

Sam McCarver in The Writer's Handbook, edited by Alfrieda Abbe, 2004 

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