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A companion to Carl M. Tomlinson'sChildren's Books from Other Countries (1998) and Susan Stan's The World through Children's Books (2002, both Scarecrow). It opens with several thoughtful essays that examine the complex issues related to international publishing and translations. Jeffrey Garret's wish for readers is "…patience, coupled with a willingness to temporarily suspend our American notions of what is 'normal' and rational and attractive." Part two is a carefully prepared, comprehensive, annotated bibliography organized by countries and regions of the world. There is little duplication of titles from the first two volumes. Part three is a lengthy compilation of resources, including book awards, organizations that support international publishing, publishers with an international focus, and sources for foreign language and bilingual books. Detailed title, subject, and author/translator/illustrator indexes make the books accessible, which is important because, as Stephen Roxburgh writes: "…they offer a way of seeing that is otherwise unavailable to most of us." This is an important resource for all libraries to build and promote collections that reflect a global vision.
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Posted July 10, 2006
This annotated bibliography¿organized geographically by world region and country, describing nearly 700 books representing 73 countries¿is a valuable resource for librarians, teachers, and anyone else seeking to promote international understanding through children's literature. It is the third volume sponsored by the United States Board on Books for Young People. The first, Carl M. Tomlinson's Children's Books from Other Countries (1998) is a compendium of international children's literature with annotations of both in and out of print books published between 1950 and 1996. Susan Stan's The World Through Children's Books (2002) was the second and it included books published between the years 1997 and 2000. Crossing Boundaries includes international children's books published between 2000 and 2004, as well as selected American books set in countries other than the United Sates. Editor Doris Gebel has compiled an important tool for providing stories that will help children understand our differences while simultaneously demonstrating our common humanity.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.