By Michael D. O’Brien
A Landscape With Dragons: Christian and Pagan Imagination in Children’s Literature
This was a quick, extremely helpful read for me. I find it hard to answer the fantasy or no-fantasy in literature question, when it is put to me. And if yes to Tolkien and Lewis, why not others? O’Brien uncovers some great biblical truths in this book and gives some guiding principles for looking at newer authors. I read the older addition which was a very thin book, but apparently the newer edition is thicker (I am interested!) and has an appendix of recommended reading….could pick up some new authors from there 🙂
From the back cover:
A Landscape with Dragons is a controversial, yet thoughtful study of what millions of young people are reading and the possible impact such reading may have on them. In this study of the pagan invasion of children’s culture, O’Brien, the father of six, describes his own coming to terms with the effect it has had on his family and on most families in Western society.
His analysis of the degeneration of books, films, and videos for the young is incisive and detailed. Yet his approach is not simply critical, for he suggests a number of remedies, including several tools of discernment for parents and teachers in assessing the moral content and spiritual impact of this insidious revolution. In doing so, he points the way to rediscovery of time-tested sources, and to new developments in Christian culture.
If you have ever wondered why a certain children’s book or film made you feel uneasy, but you couldn’t figure out why, this book is just what you need. This completely revised, much expanded second edition also includes a very substantial recommended reading list of over 1,000 books for kindergarten through highschool. “A Landscape With Dragons is one of the best books I have read in a long time … clear, beautiful articulation of an important message.” -Dr. Ruth Beechick
Age: Older teen-Adult