Treasure Of The Snow Analysis

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Treasures of the Snow: Why Morals Are Necessary in Children’s Literature When Patricia St. John wrote Treasures of the Snow in the nineteen-fifties, she followed what she knew about writing and life and instilled morals and life lessons throughout the work. All of her books, but especially Treasures of the Snow, are very important in children’s literature because they provide deep life lessons about subjects like love, hatred, death, disability, repentance, self-sacrifice, forgiveness and reconciliation that need to be taught to children (Treasures). These heavy themes included in Treasures of the Snow need to be introduced to young people because adults are increasingly less likely to pick up a book once they finish their highest level of education, whether that be high …show more content…

These actions affected Patricia St. John and the themes that she chose to include in her story. During the nineteen-forties World War II was raging on, and hard times came upon everyone, including children. In her autobiographical work she states, “The world was settling down after the war, but as the atrocities came to light there was so much anger and hatred” (St. John 68). She speaks of how the end of World War II brought with it happier times for the whole world, but feelings had still been hurt and children saw adults in their lives acting warily and angrily because of the aggression shown by the Germans (Taylor). The German adults did not seem to be able to carry on with their lives, or learn from the past. With all the opposing attitudes and grudges being held against other countries, Patricia St. John decided that the best way to shift the attitude of the world was to work through the youth. She focused heavily on lessons of forgiveness into her book to teach the younger generation the importance of it in their world at the

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