Changing times

Times have changed and thankfully, attitudes have moved on. Black, Asian and foreign characters are no longer portrayed as caricatures, whilst tough girls and sensitive boys are perfectly acceptable.

Today's publishers acknowledge that not every child comes from a two-parent family and that goodness and decency are not necessarily commensurate with a white, middle-class background.

The influence these positive changes in attitude have had on children's fiction should not be under-estimated.

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