Thoughts for your Monday and this week
“As with the first bowl of porridge that Goldilocks finds in the house of the Three Bears, the sound of the storytelling voice on its own seemed to be ‘too cold’ to get the children’s brain networks to fully engage.
“Like the second bowl that Goldilocks samples, animation of the sort that children might see on a TV screen or tablet was ‘too hot.’ There is just too much going on, too quickly, for the children to be able to participate in what they were seeing. Small children’s brains have no difficulty registering bright, fast-moving images, as experience teaches and MRI scanning confirms, but the giddy shock and awe of animation doesn’t give them time to exercise their deeper cognitive faculties.
“Just as Goldilocks sighs with relief when she takes a spoonful from the third bowl of porridge
and finds that it is ‘just right,’ so a small child can relax into the experience of being read a
—Meghan Cox Gurdon in the Wall Street Journal, January 18, 2019
“The Secret Power of the Children’s Picture Book”