Mother’s Day: Moms in Children’s Stories

Marmee and her daughters in “Little Women”

Mothers in Storyland might be well advised to increase their life insurance. The actuarial statistics are staggering. Compared with their counterparts in Real Life, Literary Moms are highly likely to suffer an early death. The mothers of Cinderella and Snow White, for example, pass away in the…

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Jerry Griswold

Jerry Griswold

Writer/critic/professor/journalist: children’s literature, culture, film, travel. Seven books, 100's of essays in NY&LA Times.