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The Children's Story de James Clavell
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The Children's Story (1963 original; edició 1963)

de James Clavell

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It was a simple incident in the life of James Clavell--a talk with his young daughter just home from school--that inspired this chilling tale of what could happen in twenty-five quietly devastating minutes. He writes, "The Children's Story came into being that day. It was then that I really realized how vulnerable my child's mind was --any mind, for that matter--under controlled circumstances. Normally I write and rewrite and re-rewrite, but this story came quickly--almost by itself. Barely three words were changed. It pleases me greatly because I kept asking the questions... Questions like, What's the use of 'I pledge allegiance' without understanding? Like Why is it so easy to divert thoughts? Like What is freedom? and Why is so hard to explain? The Children's Story keeps asking me all sorts of questions I cannot answer. Perhaps you can--then your child will...."… (més)
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The Children's Story de James Clavell (1963)

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This story takes place in a classroom somewhere in the U.S., with the feeling that a war has been lost. A new teacher is brought in to educate the youngsters while the old teacher is sent to the principal’s office, never to be seen again. This new teacher is young, enthusiastic, and friendly – exactly the type of person that sends warning signals to an adult, but easily wins over children with her alleged logic about loyalty and symbols, religion, and patriotism.

When one boy argues they always begin the day with the Pledge of Allegiance, she acquiesces then challenges the children to explain what it means. She kindly questions everything they have to say, gently leading them toward what we know to be the new party line.

An excellent short story that will make you angry and horrified. It warns how easily children can be manipulated by adults. A quick read at only 96 pages, it will, nonetheless, stay with you for a long time.
  Chark | Jun 8, 2021 |
$100.
  Brenada | Sep 8, 2015 |
Impressionable young children w/ Teacher

It was a simple incident in the life of James Clavell—a talk with his young daughter just home from school—that inspired this chilling tale of what could happen in twenty-five quietly devastating minutes. He writes, "The Children's Story came into being that day. It was then that I really realized how vulnerable my child's mind was —any mind, for that matter—under controlled circumstances. Normally I write and rewrite and re-rewrite, but this story came quickly—almost by itself. Barely three words were changed. It pleases me greatly because I kept asking the questions…

Questions like, What's the use of 'I pledge allegiance' without understanding? Like Why is it so easy to divert thoughts? Like What is freedom? and Why is so hard to explain?

The Children's Story keeps asking me all sorts of questions I cannot answer. Perhaps you can—then your child will...."
  christinejoseph | Aug 26, 2015 |
This book was a gift of my BC friend. Knowing I like James Clavell, she thought I might like this book by him too.

And she was right. I think it is not really a book for children, I think it is more for teens. Children do not have very much insight in how 'people work', how people can manipulate and be manipulated.
For grown ups it can be an eye opener, makes very clear how easy it is to maniputale children, let them believe what you want. Even the ones that are skeptical can be turned into the direction you want to. For parents of young children it is a warning that you should try to know what is going on in your child's life e.g. at school like in this little book.

I liked it a lot!! ( )
1 vota BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
short but powerfull - pledge of alligence
  alpolcyn | Oct 19, 2011 |
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It was a simple incident in the life of James Clavell--a talk with his young daughter just home from school--that inspired this chilling tale of what could happen in twenty-five quietly devastating minutes. He writes, "The Children's Story came into being that day. It was then that I really realized how vulnerable my child's mind was --any mind, for that matter--under controlled circumstances. Normally I write and rewrite and re-rewrite, but this story came quickly--almost by itself. Barely three words were changed. It pleases me greatly because I kept asking the questions... Questions like, What's the use of 'I pledge allegiance' without understanding? Like Why is it so easy to divert thoughts? Like What is freedom? and Why is so hard to explain? The Children's Story keeps asking me all sorts of questions I cannot answer. Perhaps you can--then your child will...."

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