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The rich and varied landscape of Canadian children's literature has been largely unexplored by American readers, but Elizabeth Waterston's engaging survey provides them with an invitation to discover the full range of Canadian writing for children - from colonial folktales and historical novels to fantasy literature and contemporary science fiction. Waterston's informative study brings to life Canadian history and culture and illuminates a unique literary community in which acclaimed adult writers like Margaret ...
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Overview

The rich and varied landscape of Canadian children's literature has been largely unexplored by American readers, but Elizabeth Waterston's engaging survey provides them with an invitation to discover the full range of Canadian writing for children - from colonial folktales and historical novels to fantasy literature and contemporary science fiction. Waterston's informative study brings to life Canadian history and culture and illuminates a unique literary community in which acclaimed adult writers like Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence, and Mordechai Richler are also the authors of children's books. Waterston demonstrates the distinctly Canadian elements of such works as The Young Fur Traders (1856), Anne of Green Gables (1908), and Alligator Pie (1974). This study delineates the developmental stages through which children progress and discusses the various literary genres that appeal to them at each stage, from picture books and nursery rhymes to historical tales and science fiction. In addition to her focus on the response of the child to various genres, Waterston provides sophisticated literary analysis of the works that have endured as classics, demonstrating how their continuing relevance is rooted in their literary merit. She examines literary styles, themes, and motifs and shows how many of the perennial favorites embrace quintessentially Canadian virtues: honesty, a strong will to survive, humor, passion, and genuine kindness. American and Canadian teachers, librarians, and parents will find in this complete guide a resource for expanding their young readers' literary universe.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Chronology
1 "Our Own Space": Canada's Literary Universe 1
2 Nursery Fare 12
3 Traditional Stories 28
4 Easy-to-Read 45
5 Imaginary Voyages 63
6 Problems and Solutions 78
7 Animal Studies 93
8 Girls' Choice 110
9 Boys as Heroes 129
10 Historical Fiction 148
11 Young Adult Readers: From Place to Space 163
Notes and References 175
Selected Bibliography 185
Index 205
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