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From the trials of families experiencing divorce as in Anne Fine's Madame Doubtfire to the childcare problems highlighted in Jacqueline Wilson's Tracy Beaker it might seem that the traditional family and the ideals that accompany it have long vanished. However in The Family in English Children's Literature Ann Alston argues that this is far from the case. She suggests that despite the tales of family woe portrayed in children's literature the desire for the happy contented nuclear family remains inherent within the ideological subtexts of children's literature. Using 1818 as a starting point Alston investigates families in children's literature at their most intimate focusing on how they share their spaces their ideals of home and even on what they eat for dinner. What emerges from Alston's study are not so much the contrasts that exist between periods but rather the startling similarities of the ideology of family intrinsic to children's literature. The Family in English Children's Literature sheds light on who maintains control who behaves and how significant children's literature is in shaping our ideas about what makes a family 'good.'