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Childhood has often been seen as simplistic uncorrupted and carefree However this is not the case there are many common problems thatchildren face today The deterioration of the traditional family is oneof these problems whether its through the loss of parents or throughdivorce Violet Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire rebuilt their own familythrough their journey where they meet new and unique people From CountOlaf the antagonist to the Quagmire triplets These children bonded veryquickly due to the fact that both of their parents were members of theVFD This was a secret organization that investigated fires Throughout novels the deterioration of the traditional family is shown bydetermining who children let in how different children cope with lossor separation in different way and reminding children in thesesituations that they are not alone Novels that show different familystructures aid children in the process of accepting the terms of theirfamily situation From personal experience books such as The AustereAcademy from The Series of Unfortunate Events Number the Stars HarryPotter and the Sorcerers Stone and The Secret Garden really helped methrough my personal struggles with the loss of my traditional family Fiction is a type of literature in which something that is true butcould possibly happen as described by David Russell in Literature forChildren Certain broad themes keep reappearing in realistic fiction-the importance of family the importance of friendship the importanceof individual perseverance the importance of community and the pursuitof social justice the acceptance of deathRussell Chapter He bringsup that fiction is a good genre that has novels that has similar themesThese themes really bring the reader into the novel and make it morepersonal It aids that the author invites the reader into the storyregardless if they have a personal experience similar to it or not The bond that Sunny Duncan Klaus Isadora Sunny and Quigley makethat brought them to have a sense of family because of the loss of bothsets of parents These children shared similar experiences as well asaccepted
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