Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has called for a return to the classics of English literature in schools, but are they still appropriate for today’s children?
A quick scan of any list of the most read children’s books will reveal(揭示) that today’s young people are growing up in a very different literary environment from their parents.
Gone from bedroom bookshelves are the Famous Five and the Chronicles of Narnia. And in their places are the likes of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid. And as for the 19th Century classics of English literature, such as Emily Bronte and Charles Dickens, many children simply have not heard of them.
One south London mother, Geri Cox, explained how her daughter’s Year 5 class was to be named this year after the literary giant, Jane Austen. But the class teacher soon had second thoughts when the suggested name was met with blank stares. “My daughter came back and said they weren’t going to be called Austen class anymore, because not many people had heard of her. Instead, the class was to be named after Rowing, the Harry Potter author.”
Ms. Morgan argues that children will miss out if they do not have access to “our rich heritage(遗产) of world-famous children’s literature”. But perhaps these more modern books are able to do the job of lighting the literary touch paper just as well. A spokesman for Penguin Random House Children’s books said: “Millions of children are readers because of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Jeff Kinney’s work is perfect for turning unwilling readers on to books.”
According to Seni Glaister, children’s books expert, the mix of type-face and art is a big part of the attraction. “It means the text does not look frightening and that it will therefore appeal to unwilling readers.”
32. Who enjoys the greatest popularity among children?
A. Jeff Kinney. B. Jane Austen. C. Emily Bronte. D. Charles Dickens
33. What does the story of Geri Cox’s daughter suggest?
A. Teachers learn less about their students.
B. Children often stare blankly at their teachers.
C. Year 5 class should select their own literary giant.
D. Children don’t like reading literary classics today.
34. What’s Ms. Morgan’s attitude towards literary classics?
A. Unclear. B. Positive. C. Doubtful. D. Confused.
35. What do we learn about Diary of a Wimpy Kid?
A. It belongs to one of literary classics
B. It was written by a writer in 19th century.
C. It turns out to be a great success among children.
D. It isn’t well-received by experts on children’s books.
答案 32—35 ADBC