A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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Does the subtitle of "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" indicate that it is appropriate for children?

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The subtitle is "A Tale For Children," and the story is much more in the vein of older fairy tales than modern stories that are sanitized and simplified. By presenting a possibly theological and ethical problem, and not claiming any specific moral or unassailable truth, the author challenges the reader to stretch their own thinking and mind in considering the meaning of the "angel" and its place in the story. For children, this ambiguity is a good method of developing critical thinking, as the child is forced to decide what the story means instead of being told what to think.

[The priest] came out of the chicken coop and in a brief sermon warned the curious against the risks of being ingenuous. He reminded them that the devil had the bad habit of making use of carnival tricks in order to confuse the unwary. He argued that if wings were not the essential element in determining the different between a hawk...

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