As you get older, it’s easy to look at the changes around you with suspicion… let me share with you a bookish one that I find suspect.
I grew up with the original books about an anthropomorphised train called Thomas and his mates Duncan and Percy. These weren’t brightly coloured picture books with cartoon styled trains in them. They were books with normal locomotives ont he covers; big, bold steam locos.
Even with faces painted on their boilers these were real trains, in a real world. anthropomorphised? Yes. Cute? No.
Don’t read me wrong; I think the current version is adorable and great entertainment, but it makes me wonder why the shift from reality to cartoon. Feels to me like we aren’t trusting kids to use their imaginations, and maybe that we’re talking down to them.
Mind you, the Railway Stories books were read to me, so maybe that makes a difference? I don’t know how unusual that was in my cohort, but I gather it’s getting rarer these days.