Haven’t Classic Children’s Stories Always Been About More Than What They’re About?

When grown-ups get used to their world working as it does, they may do some rationalizing so they don’t feel have to feel bad about it or change it. But for the next generation, those rationalizations about big social issues don’t always work so well as answers. A voice mail left with Call Me Ishmael — a series in which people call in to share their experiences with favorite books — tells how the caller found the hidden truth he was looking for in the pages of a children’s book.