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February 1976

Rx: Mother Goose, hs

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of Rochester Medical Center Strong Memorial Hospital 601 Elmwood Ave Rochester, NY 14642

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(2):137-138. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120030027005

There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry


For generations, the "bedtime hour" evoked visions of mother and her brood snuggled about the hearth as she read the tales spun by Rudyard Kipling or Hans Christian Andersen to the glow of young eyes. But if Wee Willie Winkie were to peer through the shutters of today's town, he would be apt to see a different twilight scene—little faces immobilized by the flickering steel gray light of the television screen.

Today's Child  Our preschool children of almost a decade ago watched an average of 3⅓ hours of television each day, according to the Neilsen Television Index. One fifth of these children, classified as the most ardent television devotees, spent seven hours in front of the television each day. By 1970, four years later, our average preschooler