Pop goes the weasel! A touch of uneasiness... ambivalence....but the child returns for more.
Preschool stories and television are all about imaginative animals that talk. There is little else. Beginning with Peter Rabbit and Winnie the Pooh who could resist the delightful stories that have captivated us all the while.
Animals are given human characteristics. Is there a hint that animals are not quite good enough just as they are? Real life animals don't conform to story book image. Do they disappoint? What impression are children left with?
Or is it all a good means of getting in touch with nature and with biodiversity?