What the Dormouse Said: Lessons for Grown-ups from Children's Books
Reviewed: January 25, 2002
By: Collected by Amy Gash
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
146 Pages, $15.95
Theres a lot
of wisdom to be found in childrens literature and Amy Gash
has mined a substantial amount of it for this little collection
>Lets send this one off to the federal
government as it contemplates still further safety
Safety is all well and good: I prefer freedom
- The Trumpet of the Swan, E.B. White (1970)
This was obviously a great motto for those
fire fighters in New York last September.
Live courage, breathe courage, and give courage.
- Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon, Dhan Gopal Mukerji (1927)
This would do nicely for anyone who has
ever taken on an obligation theyre not quite sure they can
Piglet was so excited at the idea of being Useful that he
forgot to be frightened any more.
- Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne (1926)
Gash introduces herself as someone who wasnt
exposed to a lot of childrens books when she was young,
and really only found this treasure trove when she had children
of her own. I can appreciate this. I didnt read Milne, Lewis
or Dahl when I was young, either. Maybe this is the reason she
spotted these gems in amongst the many books she cites in her
That doesnt really matter though. This is a neat little
twist on the standard book of quotations fare and
worth keeping around for inspiration.
As Zilpha Keatly Snyder wrote in The Changeling
in 1970: The answers arent important really ... Whats
important is -- knowing all the questions.