Story Time, Debunked

ALEXANDRA HOROWITZ AND AMMON SHEA Alexandra Horowitz is the author of “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know.” Ammon Shea is the author of “The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads.”

AS parents of a young child, we are in the enviable position of reading a lot of beautifully drawn and smartly written short stories that fall under the moniker “children’s books.” And in doing so we have discovered one of the immutable truths of...

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