A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature / Edition 9

A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature / Edition 9

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by Rebecca J. Lukens, Jacquelin J. Smith, Cynthia Miller Coffel
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0137056389

ISBN-13: 9780137056385

Pub. Date: 03/23/2012

Publisher: Pearson

A Critical Handbook of Children’s Literature, Ninth Edition,gives future teachers, practicing teachers, librarians, and parents many examples of quality children’s literature to guide them in choosing the best books for the classroom, library, or home. The Handbook analyzes children’s books that showcase positive examples of the

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A Critical Handbook of Children’s Literature, Ninth Edition,gives future teachers, practicing teachers, librarians, and parents many examples of quality children’s literature to guide them in choosing the best books for the classroom, library, or home. The Handbook analyzes children’s books that showcase positive examples of the literary elements, formats, and genres that are the focus in the field of children’s literature. The books are noteworthy children’s books, from classics to favorites to just-published titles, all selected as thought-provoking, important, or motivating choices. The authors suggest that readers examine the Handbook and then apply the literary concepts to additional reading from today’s ever-expanding selection of children’s books.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780137056385
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
03/23/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
180,435
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

All chapters conclude with “Summary,” “Notes,” and “Recommended Books Cited in this Chapter.”

To the Instructor.

To the Student.

1. Literature: What Is It?
Literature for Children.

2. Genre in Children's Literature.
Realism.
Formula Fiction 1.
Fantasy.
Traditional Literature.
Informational Books.

3. Picture Books.
The Illustrative Elements of the Picture Book.
The Literary Elements of the Picture Book.
Lasting Favorites.
Wordless Picture Books.

4. Character.
Revelation of Character.
Unity of Character and Action.
Types of Characters.
Change in Character.
Special Issues of Character in Children's Literature.
Traditional Literature.
Animal Realism.
Science Fiction.
Classics.

5. Plot.
Types of Narrative Order.
Types of Conflict.
Patterns of Action.
Types of Plots.
Coincidence.
Sentimentality.
Lack of Conflict.

6. Theme.
Theme or Unifying Truth.
Special Issues of Theme in Children's Literature.
Literature.

7. Setting.
Types of Settings.
Functions of Setting.
Special Issues of Setting in Children's Literature.
Traditional Literature.
Fantasy and Science Fiction.

8. Point of View.
Types of Point of View.
Special Issues of Point of View in Children's Literature.
Maturity of the Reader.
Animal Realism.
Fantasy.
Stories of Various Cultures.

9. Style.
Devices of Style.
Special Issues of Style in Children's Literature.
Literature.
Trite Versus Fresh Style.
Retellings and Translations.
Stories of Other Periods and Places.
High Fantasy.

10. Tone.
Tone in Charlotte's Web.
Humor.
Differing Tastes in Tone.
Tone Related to the Author's Choice of Materials.
Special Issues of Tone in Children's Literature.
Condescension.
Sentimentality.
Sensationalism.
Didacticism.
Changing Values.
Variety of Tone.

11. From Rhyme to Poetry.
Nursery Rhymes.
Nonsense.
Poetry.

12. Biography.
Biography Defined.

13. Informational Books.
Nonfiction Defined.
Informational Books.
Special Issues in Informational Books for Children.
Tone.
Didacticism and Propaganda.

Appendix A: Children's Book Awards.

Appendix B: Selected Magazines for Children.

Appendix C: Selected Reviewing Media for Children's Books.

Appendix D: Useful Websites.

Glossary of Literary Terms.

Acknowledgments.

Index.

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