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Letty Cottin Pogrebin

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There are no absolutes [in "Don't Look and It Won't Hurt"]: abject poverty is tempered by humor; a ne'er-do-well father is allowed an unlikely streak of compassion; and the pregnant sister gives her baby up for adoption only after the subtleties of her predicament are seen and felt.

Rather than arousing judgemental passions, "Don't Look and It Won't Hurt" leaves the reader empathic and terribly moved. (pp. 8, 10)

Letty Cottin Pogrebin, "Dreams for Children, Nightmares for Teen-agers," in The New York Times Book Review (© 1972 by The New York Times Company; reprinted by permission), November 12, 1972, pp. 8, 10, 14.∗

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