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Did You Know These Children’s Classics Actually Have Life Lessons?

11 SEP 2015
Career Path : Education News

Every once in awhile, the end of a good book will have us scratching our heads, thinking: “huh, I didn’t see that lesson coming.” That is exactly the case with these classic children’s books, which contain some pretty deep life lessons that—let’s face it—we probably all overlooked when we read them as kids.

If you should ever feel inclined to dive into one of your old childhood favourites, here are some of the lessons you might learn:

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

This story is about a large train that’s stuck at the bottom of a tall mountain. The train requires another train to help pull it up the mountain; however, most of the ones it encounters refuse—except for one: The Little Engine. By believing in himself, The Little Engine successfully pulls the train up the mountain.

Whether you saw the movie or read the book, you definitely know and love this literary classic. Of course, the phrase that’s repeated over and over throughout the story might give you a hint as to what lesson it teaches—“I think I can, I think I can…”—if you think you can do something, and you believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

While this very beautifully illustrated book might seem like it has a pretty straightforward plot—a caterpillar is born, eats, gets sick and becomes a butterfly—it actually delivers a message that’s a little more complex!

The lesson that you may have missed reading it as a youngster is: to continue moving forward even through hard times, because you might be pleasantly surprised with whom you become.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

Everyone loves a good Dr. Seuss tale. In fact, there are likely very few who haven’t read (and memorized) rhyming favourites like The Cat in The Hat and Green Eggs and Ham.

This particular Dr. Seuss classic is about a boy who goes into the world all on his own. And, just like anyone, he has his ups and downs and encounters multiple obstacles on his journey. However, he handles each situation seamlessly, with the help of some of Dr. Seuss’ trusty and encouraging rhymes.

The lesson of the story is: if you don’t like where you are, or if it makes you unhappy, then simply pick up and move on!

Did you notice these life lessons the last time you read these classics?


Source: Edudemic