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Discussing matters of life and death with your six-year-old son

By Jeremy Clarke   April 1996

I spend every weekend in the company of my six-year-old son. Lately, to give myself some respite from his incessant and tiring questions, we have been watching a lot of Walt Disney videos. The Jungle Book, Snow White, Fantasia, Aladdin, Pinocchio, Bambi-you name it, we’ve seen it. One I particularly enjoyed and which I hadn’t seen before was Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Part animation and part film, it tells the story of three cockney evacuees who are billeted with a novice witch at a remote cottage beside the sea somewhere in England. After a series of adventures on a flying bed,…

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