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Study: Children's books that feature animals with human traits create confusion in young minds about nature, biology

from National Post

Winnie the Pooh, Charlotte's Web, Babar, Peter Rabbit, Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse – they're all staples in children's literature and pop culture. And all these stories feature animals with human characteristics; they talk, wear clothes, and have other human tendencies. But a new study by University of Toronto researchers has found that kids' books that feature animals with human characteristics not only inhibit factual learning, they may also hinder children's thinking and reasoning about real-life animals. more

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