I'm not sure what books you're referring too that don't stretch the child's mind - so I'll mention the few I've seen as "fluff" here from other posters. disney books? those are classic fairytale literature with mostly mild variances from the original text.
Disney ending of Snow White:
*Dwarves push rock off cliff, rock falls on evil queen
Real ending of Snow White:
*Queen goes to Snow White's wedding and is forced to wear red-hot iron shoes and dance until she dies.
Disney ending of Cinderella:
Cinderella and the prince live happily ever after.
Real ending of Cinderella:
Stepsisters cut off toes and heels, respectively, to fit into shoe. Tattletale doves rat them out, then peck out their eyes on the way to and from the wedding.
Disney ending of The Little Mermaid:
Ariel and the prince live happily ever after.
Real ending of The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid dies.
If my 6 year old or 3 year old want to read a disney book at bedtime, I don't think I'm missing the mark in stretching their imagination. Also, Junie B Jones. My daughter likes these short chapter books, and she enjoys them all as bedtime stories. My dd finds the books amusing and does not see them as a training ground for "how to be a brat". Plus, if Junie B Jones is a brat, what is Pippi Longstocking? I mean seriously.....or Ramona for that matter - they both do circles around Junie B.
Junie, when her teacher calls her "Junie Jones," screams, "EVERYBODY FORGETS MY 'B'."
Maybe that's because we all know what "B" stands for in this context? And I don't mean "brat," either. Moving on...
Ramona, when she does something wrong, feels guilty and tries to make up for what she did. Junie has no conscience, nor no consciousness that anything she does is anything less than perfect.
Someone referred to an obese person eating an eclair being the same as feeding our brain fluff books. I don't really get that. An eclair won't make you obese, unless you eat them ALL OF THE TIME.
again, it's all about balance. anyway, bailing out of this thread now.
Aw, don't run away just when people are starting to disagree with you. Come on back and play, hon. I promise not to bite. Well, not too hard, anyway.