Why Kids Love Alice
I was inspired by Morgan P’s blog post, “What is it about Alice?”
This post really hit me because it is so true. What is it about Alice? That really is the question.
Now that we have finished reading The Annotated Alice, it is quite clear that it is not a book understood by young children. No, there are no princes and princesses in the story and no “happily ever after” but maybe that is why this book became so popular. Sure, it did have few similarities like the Queen of Hearts could be associated with the “big bad wolf” or the “mean step mother”. But overall it is unique, really unlike the others.
When Disney premiered their version of Alice in Wonderland, it was a hit. I feel that children loved this story so much, because it was something new that they weren’t familiar with. It starts off with a young girl and a rabbit. Then there are many animals throughout the story. Of course the use of animals was a good idea because children love watching animals that can talk. But children would never think that the animals represent something else. For adults re-reading the story, they might be disappointed at the end of the book to know it was all a dream. On the other hand, that may be the climax of the story for kids, to know that they can have their own “Wonderland” in dreams.