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Roald Dahl

(13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990 / Cardiff / Wales)

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The most important thing we've learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
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  • Rookie A B (10/11/2012 3:12:00 AM)

    fantastic poem! everyone is aware of the threat that television brings, yet each one of them is still hooked to it! sad but true! and the most affected ones are the kids who turns into idle minded as to TV they are now bonded! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Ruby Honeytip (9/15/2012 8:14:00 AM)

    A little of what you fancy does you good: ^)
    These days instant connection to a world of questionable information over the internet is my concern for my kids.
    Feel free to look over my humble contributions btw..and let me know what you think. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Besa Dede (9/13/2012 7:15:00 PM)

    This is such a fine piece of poetry, mixed with a valuable advice! It's exactly what my dad used to say to me when I was little: Books open a vast window of imagination...and blessed are those whose imagination and creativity is in their minds :)) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Bolah Lawal (9/13/2012 2:35:00 PM)

    This is appealing, more like a piece of advise carefully crafted. Well, whatever you call it, you won me over already! ! ! Bravo. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Stevie Taite (9/13/2012 10:25:00 AM)

    I love this poet and his seemingly effortless ability to pen wonderful, punchy poems. Another great example with a message and a warning held within! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Marisa Lee (7/4/2012 2:47:00 PM)

    i watch television occasionally and read constantly; i can honestly say that television is a horrible thing. it gives us only what other people see fit that we know, it's censored, even though we don't realise it. the 'childrens shows' are violent and bloody, and filled with bullies and other unsavory characters that rule the roost and inspire young children to be like them so that they can have all the friends. books on the other hand teach lessons and are ranged by age *appropriately*, and allow children to use their minds, first to decipher the words and then to think about just what they could mean, why were they worded like that, and what was the character thinking? if they want colors then buy them a picture book, or read them a pop-up book as they go to bed, the colors are just as intriguing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 484 Points Kaila George (6/25/2012 10:38:00 PM)

    I embrace both the book and the TV, one the book can give our imaginations a stir, but the TV, video or CD, the colours one sees just takes your breath away, and you wonder if the author, if they were alive today could they see what the producers and directors of today’s movies have perceived about their books. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Zoya Khalid (6/6/2012)

    television really is doing much harm and hardly any good to us......yet we have made it our habit..we watch falsehood and begin to believe it.....it's a kind of hypnosis...it teaches materialism, snobbery, licentiousness and we expose our children to such horrible things which negatively affects their personality....ALLOWING CHILDREN TO WATCH TELEVISION IS BAD BRINGING UP. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jann Rau (6/2/2012 1:35:00 AM)

    I love this poem but then I am a Roald Dahl fan I think he is wonderful. I also love books I am in fact quite passionate about them. I have to confess that I also watch TV and choose the programs I watch. Of course I am older and television did not appear in our house until I was 13yrs of age. By then my reading and love of books was very firmly established. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Oludipe Oyin Samuel (5/28/2012 4:28:00 AM)

    With such associations and resonances of rhyme plus the witty talk of a pervasive syndrome in most houses! ...my O my! ! ... Dahl did a great job inventing this piece (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jason Barnard (5/8/2012 12:22:00 AM)

    Seems to me that a little bit of everything, not too mush of anything covers a good approach. TV is not BAD or GOOD per se. TV is, like everything, best used in moderation. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anisha Viswanathan (5/6/2012 4:15:00 AM)

    I love this poem....what are you all talking about... It is true.. go around to anyone's house and you would see kids swarming around the tv set... And think of all the rubbish that goes on the tv nowadays (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Christopher Born (4/1/2012 11:26:00 PM)

    i disagree
    i think television is very stimulating and can spread very good ideas around there by expanding and deepening our imagination. (Report) Reply

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