Battling Dragons: Issues and Controversy in Children's Literature / Edition 1

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Overview

Here you'll find a collage of distinguished voices from around the world, offering their own perspectives and experiences with difficult issues: censorship, violence, raw images in picture books, depictions of minorities, gender issues, political correctness, ethical heroes, and more. You'll hear from some of the best-regarded and controversial authors writing for and about children today in essays that are bound to provoke, challenge, move, and perhaps even outrage you.

South African author Beverly Naidoo talks about censorship and apartheid. Allan Baillie discusses his choice to write about Pol Pot's reign of terror. Brian Jacques reflects on his own childhood amidst the violence and poverty of Liverpool. Judith Gilliland reveals her motivation for depicting the gritty lives of children in Cairo and Lebanon. Charlotte Huck examines reactions among animal rights groups to her Princess Furball.

You'll also hear from parents, teachers, librarians, academicians, illustrators, booksellers, and self-appointed censors. And you'll hear from children themselves. Given the large gap in texts for the serious study of children's books, these are voices no one concerned with quality children's literature can afford to ignore.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Battling Dragons is excellent reading for parents, teachers, administrators, and students in university literature courses. Lehr has done a powerful and enlightening job of inviting readers to develop a critical awareness when evaluating literature . . .”–Language Arts
Booknews
Authors, librarians, parents, and teachers offer international perspectives on issues such as censorship, violence, gender and cultural depictions, and political correctness, in these essays on the roles and responsibilities of children's literature. Material on themes of freedom and oppression in children's books features classroom dialogues with children and teachers. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780435088286
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 3/6/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 7 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

A professor of reading and children's literature at Skidmore College, Susan Lehr earned her Ph.D. in reading and children's literature at The Ohio State University in 1985. Her reader-response research with young children has been described extensively in her two books, Battling Dragons: Issues and Controversy in Children's Literature (Heinemann, 1995) and The Child's Developing Sense of Theme.
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Table of Contents

Books Under Fire: Issues of Censorship in Children's Literature

The Changing Role of Girls and Boys: Exploring Family Values and Children's Roles

Themes of Freedom and Oppression: New Grit in Historical and Realistic Books

Heroes for Children: Battling Good and Evil

Living in the Real World of Children's Books

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