Fine literature squeezed out

18th September 1998 at 01:00
All praise to Anne Fine for her enthusiasm for books at the start of the National Year of Reading, (TES, September 4).

I have just spent the past week helping my wife plan for the literacy hour. Ironically, much good modern writing for children (including hers) has had to be ditched in order to make time for such Year 5 niceties as words ending in -cian (theoretician? politician?).

Nevertheless, it is a real treat to hear from someone with such a love of life, literature, learning and little children. Not bad qualities for a chief inspector of schools to possess, you might think.

Harold Wonham, 39 Airdale Road, Stone, Staffs.

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