But modern or not, the strongest voices in support of Cart's thesis are the voices of the writers themselves. He wisely assembles what they have to say, then lets them say it in their own words throughout the book. "Children are people," says Lofting. "They're just smaller and less experienced. They are not taken in by the smug playfulness of those who write down to them as if they were dull-witted and slightly deaf." The writers' voices are unanimous in their respect for the intelligence of children. And this is why, though they are underappreciated by adults, these writers have always been treasured by their smartest readers--kids.