There's just something a little wacky about this study:
Patricia Ganea, a Canadian psychologist, has concluded that toddlers who look at books containing cartoon-like depictions of animals doing all kinds of things that their counterparts in the real world would not do hamper the kids' ability to learn.
Her study is written up in the Sunday New York Times magazine.
Tell me what kids learned after reading "The Giving Tree." Did they come to believe that trees talk and express empathy?
What did kids who watched "Bambi" learn about deer?
I probably need to see who Ganea used for a control group, among other things.
But, I'm thinking that her conclusions are so far off the rational mark that I'd be wasting my time.