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Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1985-1989: Books of Recognized Merit
     

Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1985-1989: Books of Recognized Merit

by Alethea K. Helbig, Agnes Regan Perkins, Althea K. Helbig
 

A supplement to two earlier volumes on American children's fiction from 1859 to 1984, this new dictionary, the first of a projected series of five-year updates, covers 134 award-winning books published from 1985 to 1989 with detailed factual material and insightful critical appraisal. Included in the more than 400 entries are book title entries, which provide plot

Overview

A supplement to two earlier volumes on American children's fiction from 1859 to 1984, this new dictionary, the first of a projected series of five-year updates, covers 134 award-winning books published from 1985 to 1989 with detailed factual material and insightful critical appraisal. Included in the more than 400 entries are book title entries, which provide plot summary and literary analysis; author entries, which stress major contributions to children's literature and significant biographical facts; character entries, which identify and describe memorable characters and analyze characterization; and miscellaneous entries on certain settings and other elements needing additional explanation. An appendix classifies the books under major awards given for the period in question. The extensive index, while providing access to specific names and terms, also identifies broad themes and subjects relating to fictional genres, narrative structures, and elements of style and tone.

Taken together with its predecessors, this volume will be valuable for use in university, school, and public libraries, and by librarians, educators, parents, and scholars of children's literature and American culture.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Supplementing the authors' earlier volumes on American children's fiction from 1859 to 1984, this dictionary's 134 main title entries provide an invaluable overview of the highlights of the period covered. Concise, judicious criticism of each novel is a reliabe guide to its literary worth (the length of the detailed plot summaries reflects the intricacies of each plot, not the novel's merit). Brief author entries provide both biographical and evaluative material; character entries expand on the role and significance of important figures. An appendix groups the books under the major awards and citations used for inclusion. (Popular-choice and regional contests are excluded). Subgenres, themes, and elements of style and structure are identified both in entries and in the index. Good writing, good judgment, and planned updates every five years ensure the value of this series to all connected with children's and young adult literature.-- Patricia Dooley, Univ. of Washington Lib. Sch., Seattle
Booknews
A supplement to two earlier volumes on American children's fiction from 1859 to 1984, this dictionary, the first of a projected series of five-year updates, covers 134 award-winning books published from 1985 to 1989 with detailed factual material and critical appraisal. Included in the approximately 400 entries are book title entries, which provide plot summary and literary analysis; author entries, which stress biographical information and contributions to children's literature; character entries; and miscellaneous entries for settings and other items needing additional explanation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313277191
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/13/1993
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.59(h) x 1.33(d)

Meet the Author

ALETHEA K. HELBIG is Professor of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University. A former president of the Children's Literature Association, she has received the State of Michigan Award for Outstanding Teaching and Publication. She has published over one hundred articles in professional journals such as Children's Literature and The Children's Literature Association Quarterly and reference books such as American Women Writers, Writers for Children, and Masterplots.

AGNES REGAN PERKINS is Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University. She has published numerous articles in journals and reference books, including A Tolkien Compass, Unicorn, Children's Literature, Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Writers for Children, and Masterplots. She is co-complier of the poetry anthologies New Coasts and Strange Harbors (with Helen Hill) Straight on Till Morning, and Dusk to Dawn (both with Hill and Alethea Helbig).

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