I do occasional surveys of children's literature. Which is to say I read it now and again, even though I am nominally an adult. As someone who writes, I want to read broadly, not just in the expected areas. Also there's some stuff I like, nice surprises.
Recenttly I read Rosemary Harris' The Moon in the Cloud, which is something of a twice-told tale based on the story of Noah from Genesis. I liked the talking animals. Yes, it's the kind of book with talking animals. And Harris makes a clever turn at the end.
Had to wonder, though. The bad guy in the book is Noah's son Ham. He comes off way too vile to be a Disney villain. And Ham is the son whose offspring were supposed to have settled Africa and the adjacent parts of Asia. Is there some agenda here? Maybe an attempt to justify ultra-hawkish policies in the Middle East? It sounds far-fetched, but Ancient Egypt is presented as barbaric and cruel, mostly. Which it was, mostly, but so was the ancient world as a whole. Also the Kingdom of Egypt is presented as existing in the form we think of it before the Flood, which is explained away realistically because the Flood was more local than the legend says.
So I'm not sure if my tentative political reading is fair. Part of the reason it is tentative is that I'm leery of politicizing art prematurely, which can block out other readings. I do wonder, though, if Ham has been getting a bad rap all these years.