Archive for the ‘E. B. White’ Category

Children are game for anything. I throw them hard words, and they backhand them over the net.

Saturday, November 12th, 2011
tennis ball over the net

Some writers for children deliberately avoid using words they think a child doesn’t know. This emasculates the prose and, I suspect, bores the reader. Children are game for anything. I throw them hard words, and they backhand…

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Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down.

Monday, June 21st, 2010
baby spiders

Anybody who shifts gears when he writes for children is likely to wind up stripping his gears… There is a difference between writing for children and for adults. I am lucky, though, as I seldom seem to have my audience in mind…

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