Jul 8, 2004

When we were saying shouldsters

There were only a few words to every page because, ostensibly, that’s all a child can read and as reading increases so do the words per page until it doesn’t matter that pg. 134 ends with to be re- and 135 starts membered. Ostensibly. But what children’s books had that we didn’t notice and were hyper-hopping on the couch to get past without knowing what we were throwing away was pacing.

If you remember to ask me what’s the difference between prosaic and poetic, I’ll ask you to remember what we didn’t know then in our books childish with pictures and simple suspended surprises: concern for the pace of a sentence.