Why are kids’ stories so outdated?
I have a five year old son who is VERY technology savvy (His second word was ‘Gagga’ – which turns out to be ‘Google’!!).
What is a harp? He wanted to know?
I told him it is a musical instrument.
I tried to elaborate. I said – ‘Music plays from it’ .
He thought for a minute – and his face brightened as he asked Like the ipod?
Well .. Yes .. I said. Of course he is very familiar with the ipod, but has no clue what a Harp is.
After hunting for a harp for a long time .. he suggested that maybe we can find it on Google images? And there we found one!
The point illustrates a key trend .. If anything needs a 2.0 version, it is fairy tales!
The wording of Jack and the Beanstalk reads as follows!
Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum!??
I smell the blood of an Englishman.
Be he ‘live, or be he dead,
I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.
Just how do we explain this wording to a five year old? Who by the way happens to be an ‘Englishman’ at birth(unlike me who is a naturalised British citizen).
Give me fairy tales about the iPod any day!
Image source: http://blog.collectables-now.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/harp.jpg