Literature for Children: A Short Introduction / Edition 4

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David L. Russell has written a succinct yet comprehensive introduction to children's literature that focuses on genres and concepts rather than on particular authors. From a literary perspective, Literature for Children is an engaging title that explores the foundations and contexts of literature, including the various genres of children's literature from picture to informational books. This book provides a unique overview of critical theories of literature. Significantly expanded history of children's literature, including more titles, more authors, and provides a thorough and comprehensive background of literary works. For teachers, future teachers, or educators.
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“Other textbooks I have reviewed have more lengthy content on the history of children’s literature. I like the arrangement in this chapter…it is concise and thorough enough for today’s millennial students, I believe.” Ann D. Holley

“The primary strength of this text is its background covering a wide genre of children’s literature.” Janet Crosier

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801330865
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/19/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

David L. Russell is Professor of Languages and Literature at Ferris State University and co-editor of The Lion and the Unicorn. In addition to book-length studies of Scott O’Dell and Patricia MacLachlan, he has published numerous scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects in children’s literature.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
Ch. 1 The History of Children's Literature 3
Ch. 2 Child Development and Literature 20
Ch. 3 Cultural and Social Diversity 30
Ch. 4 Understanding Literature 51
Ch. 5 Responding to Literature 70
Ch. 6 Books for the Very Young 87
Ch. 7 Picture Storybooks 112
Ch. 8 Folk Literature 142
Ch. 9 Poetry 160
Ch. 10 Fantasy 175
Ch. 11 Contemporary and Historical Realism 190
Ch. 12 Biography 211
Ch. 13 Informational Books 224
Appendix Children's Book Awards 239
Index 267
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