I wonder if other cultures share this obsession with barking and mooing and oinking with their children (although different languages represent animal noises with different sounds, as I learned in a library book we checked out a few months ago)
And why are there so many children's books that take place on farms? And what is with the obsession children's authors seem to have with mice? Do they think that children identify with mice because of their size?
And tangentially related... what is with the prominence of the Noah's Ark story in children's decorations and toys? I guess people pick that theme because it is biblical and has cute animals with it, but do people think about what happens in the story before they paper their child's room with boats filled with cuddly animals bobbing serenely along on the water? I know of someone who told her two children (at ages 4 and 2) the story of Noah's Ark and the two girls cried for the rest of the night for all the animals and people who were drowned in the story.
Things I think about when reading endless numbers of children's stories, day after day after day...