Notes From a Kidwatcher

Notes From a Kidwatcher

by Sandra Wilde
     
 

This long-overdue anthology ranges from Yetta Goodman's first article about her own daughter's early spelling to her most recent, previously unpublished piece about turn-of-the century educator Lucy Sprague Mitchell and the lives of female educators in general. Goodman is widely known throughout North America for her work as a writer, researcher, teacher, and

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This long-overdue anthology ranges from Yetta Goodman's first article about her own daughter's early spelling to her most recent, previously unpublished piece about turn-of-the century educator Lucy Sprague Mitchell and the lives of female educators in general. Goodman is widely known throughout North America for her work as a writer, researcher, teacher, and speaker, and her career and writing have reflected-and indeed often spearheaded-the concerns of holistic educators for decades. Miscue analysis, print awareness, kidwatching, whole language: Yetta Goodman's name leaps to mind in connection with all of these topics, and they are all represented here.

For those who would like to have the best of Yetta Goodman's writing all in one place, for those who would like to discover important articles that were previously difficult to find, for those who would like primers on important literacy topics, this anthology is an indispensable resource. Goodman's introductions to each section of the book add yet another dimension, describing how her work has evolved over time.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up Lovers of Oscar Wilde's stories will delight in this new illustrated version of The Canterville Ghost if the picture book format does not keep them from finding it. Wilde's story of an American family who moves into Canterville Chase and annoys a weary ghost with their lack of belief in him is a wry commentary on the ways of British nobility and of their hard-headed American cousins. Like many of Wilde's tales, this one is filled with sophisticated allusions to his social and political milieu, but ends as sentimental romance. Zwerger's wry pictures highlight this tone beautifully. Her toothless ghost is round and comical, as would suit a ghost whom no one fears, and her heroine, Virginia, is young and sweetly boyish. All of the illustrations are set against misty gray watercolor backgrounds except for the climactic scene, echoed on the front cover, in which the tiny huntsmen on the wallpaper call out to Virginia to ``Go Back.'' This will make a fine read-aloud for audiences of secondary students who are prepared to savor Wilde's ironic humor and Zwerger's delicate watercolors. Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
Janice Del Negro
The second volume in a series of comic book adaptations of Wilde's tales [see BKL Ja 15 93 for previous volume] gives "The Young King" and "The Remarkable Rocket" the Marvel-DC treatment. In elaborate underground "comix" style, Russell reintroduces the tales with an accessible if nontraditional approach to picture-book illustration and better-than-average adaptations of the original texts. Whether you believe circulating comics in the library is appropriate or not, this full-color book won't stay on the shelf for long, and it may well attract readers to a genre they might not usually find appealing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780435072124
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
05/20/1996
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.87(d)

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