I have this issue with Dr. Seuss. Brought in some books from my previous school. Aide took them all off the shelf. Said that character books, like Disney have no place in Head Start classroom. I said that Dr. Seuss is known for literacy skills and social skills. He did not promote any specific characters, such as Mickey Mouse. The Cat In The Hat, has several adventures, and the other characters also do the same. Actually, before Disney took over the rights, Dr. Suess did not have dolls, movies, blankets and Big Wheels. His whole philosophy was to encourage better readers. Period. So, in theory, I questioned her point of view. But in practice, I just took my books back home. Yet, we may have a sidejack lol and a whole new thread on literacy and characters. What about The Little Critter (who by the way is also a teenager now, and called LC), The Berstain Bears, and Clifford The Big Red Dog? I think what has happened is that commericialism has turned storybook characters into TV stars. I loved Curious George, but I hate the cartoon series! It's just not the same. What I think we agree on is the fact that children need imagination, and need to build on prior knowledge. Storybook characters help build literacy and provide an avenue for social interaction. The difference is when a character is so commericalized, it draws away from the basis of learning for the sake of learning. Dora the Explorer comes to mind. She promotes billingual education, but she is found on everything from socks to cereal! In that regard, she is an advertising magnet, that causes parents to spend way too much money. Some people have the same feeling about workbooks based on Disney characters. They cost an arm and a leg, and the generic brands are much better, but have simple, plain animals and children as characters. Popular characters sell.