How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids

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Did you know the Grinch was on a quest? What does it mean when a hero takes a journey? Gets caught in the rain? Or eats green eggs and ham? And what are vampires really about?

One thing is certain—there's always more to a story than you think!

In this funny and practical young readers' version of Thomas C. Foster's New York Times bestselling book How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Foster offers a whole new perspective on reading, drawing ...

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Overview

Did you know the Grinch was on a quest? What does it mean when a hero takes a journey? Gets caught in the rain? Or eats green eggs and ham? And what are vampires really about?

One thing is certain—there's always more to a story than you think!

In this funny and practical young readers' version of Thomas C. Foster's New York Times bestselling book How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Foster offers a whole new perspective on reading, drawing from a wide range of classics and favorites to explore what stories mean to us and how we can understand them. Using all genres—novels, short stories, plays, poems, movies, and song lyrics—Foster gives kids the hidden tools for reading, making it fun and exciting!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—This companion to the author's adult titles is geared toward young people who want to get a bit more out of J.K Rowling or Dr. Seuss. Foster uses both of these authors, along with Shakespeare and Homer (not Simpson), to illustrate various approaches to literature. He argues that there is really only one story, that of a journey or quest, and that it takes shape in many forms, in novels, plays, and poems. The book also delves into symbolism, irony, and the political and geographical aspects of literature. Readers will enjoy seeing Green Eggs and Ham from Foster's perspective of how food is often more than just a meal. Of course, he also touches on how the Bible, folk and fairy tales, and ancient literature form the basis of many of our favorite stories. His passion for literature is evident, and the text is readable and encouraging. While it would be a rare reader who would be familiar with every title the author cites, the arguments that he poses are solid and the examples are always apt. Students won't find literary research here, but they will find some valuable guidance on how to read critically and hopefully be inspired to read more widely.—Carol Fazioli, Barth Elementary School, Pottstown, PA
Kirkus Reviews
The New York Times–best-selling How to Read Literature Like a Professor is redacted for teachers of young readers. The premise behind Foster's works is that there's a "grammar of literature…a certain set of patterns, codes, and rules that we can learn to use when we're reading a piece of writing." If students learn that grammar, they can read better and appreciate more about what's going on in the books they read. Short essays offer insights into myth, symbols, setting, Shakespeare, the Bible, quests and various themes. The author shares a "big secret: there's only one story"--all stories grow out of other stories and contribute to the mix, and what students are doing as they learn to read more widely and insightfully is joining a conversation between old books and new. The title and cover, though--actually, the whole premise of this volume--are misleading: This will work best as a guide for teachers of young people, providing many interesting insights into a range of children's and young-adult literature, from Green Eggs and Ham to Twilight, along with adult literature accessible to younger readers, such as Dracula, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. An upbeat and engaging guide to literature for English teachers working with young readers. (reading list, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062200853
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 102,348
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas C. Foster is a professor of English at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he teaches contemporary fiction, drama, and poetry as well as creative writing and composition. He is the author of Twenty-five Books That Shaped America and several books on twentieth-century British and Irish fiction and poetry. He lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

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  • Posted August 4, 2013

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    Reviewed by Janessa, Age 15  This book was just okay and I reall

    Reviewed by Janessa, Age 15 
    This book was just okay and I really wish it had been so much better because I really like to read and write and this book just wasn’t what I thought it would be. A lot of the books mentioned in this book (pages one hundred fifty five though one hundred sixty two) I have never read and the author didn’t include any modern books, which is what I was looking for since those are the books kids my age read for fun, even in school. It seems like this author hasn’t had kids my age around in a very long time and we are so much different than when my mom was a kid and technology is so important to us now. There is also a big difference between the reading someone in third grade does and someone in seventh grade and I got bored when reading through some of the areas of the book.
    “Not all diseases are created equal.”
    So while I did like some of the book, I think the author could redo it and make a book for young kids and a book for teens because we really are different people and have different likes and reading interests.
    *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review* 
     *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review

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