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By Garth Williams

Garth Williams writes and illustrates a candy, uncomplicated publication approximately every part vital to child: his bowl, his spoon, a chook making a song outdoor the window, and naturally, Teddy undergo! Our youngest readers will love poring over Williams's comfortable, large-scale images.

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The adult/child relationship at first seems reversed, with Kim taking on the role of protector. But when Kim is discovered to be British and must go to school, it is the lama who provides his school fees, thus putting Kim back in the role of child and making the lama a kind of father figure. Kim is genuinely fond of the lama, but part of his attraction to the old man is based on the colonial urge for possession and appropriation. Tellingly, it is outside the Lahore museum that Kim first makes the acquaintance of the lama: “This man was entirely new to all his experience, and he meant to investigate further, precisely as he would have investigated a new building or a strange festival in Lahore city.

Like other noble savages, Avatea has a number of admirable qualities that link her to the civilized, Western world, even though she is clearly native and Other and not meant to be seen as an equal to Westerners. Savages and natives in general are appealing characters to children. Savages live outdoors rather than indoors; they don’t pay much attention to 8 Empire’s Children physical cleanliness; they wear few clothes or clothes that are more like costumes than like pinafores or trousers; they live closely with animals; they are crafty and have skills that allow them to win over competitors.

One way of justifying one’s actions is to demonize the native population (something Ballantyne does well) and another is to idealize the reasons underlying the conquest of foreign lands. Many writers suggest that monetary gain is only a pleasant side-effect of imperial intervention, and what the adventurers are really doing is both spreading civilization and upholding the values of dear and distant England, often personified as a female figure, either as Queen Victoria or other emblematic figures.

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