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Comprehensive and visually rich, this new Norton Anthology, in a beautiful slipcased gift edition, traces the remarkable innovation and enduring pleasures of children's literature.The Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature brings together the work of 170 writers and illustrators, tracing the historical development of genres and traditions over 350 years of children’s literature in English. Drawing on new scholarship exploring the social and cultural contexts of children’s literature, this flexible core anthology provides a teachable collection for a wide range of courses—the historical survey and period courses; theme- or topic-based courses; and interdisciplinary courses.
A collection of fairy tales, picture books, nursery rhymes, fantasy, alphabets, chapbooks, and comics published in English since 1659, representing 170 authors and illustrators, and including more than ninety complete works and excerpts from others.
To give an idea of the breadth of this sampling from children's literature through the ages, consider that the volume's "timeline" begins in the Eighth Century-B.C. The bulk of the material in this slipcased paperback, however (and bulk is used here in the most complimentary way possible), spans the past four centuries. The delights are abundant. A facsimile image of a 1777 version of The New-England Primer, America's original schoolbook, is reprinted in its entirety (sample vocabulary words: humiliation, mortification, purification). John Newbery, who "excelled at collecting materials that could be assembled cheaply and attractively to be marketed" (and for whom the Newbery Medal is named), is represented by an excerpt from his book on "Epistolary Writing." In addition to instructing children on how to correspond with church and government officials, he includes Anne Boleyn's last missive to Henry VIII as an example of an "important" letter. Zipes and his collaborators cull from fables, nursery rhymes, comics, poetry, plays, science fiction and fantasy, providing a lens through which the evolution of childhood itself can be viewed. The scope is expansive-the fairy tales hail from Grimm and Perrault, but also from Francesca Lia Block and Julius Lester. Headnotes introduce authors and illustrators, often tracing the lineage between them: Lear's Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo as grandfather to Seuss's Sneetches, for instance. The volume contains dozens of complete works and hundreds of illustrations, including a 32-page color inset of seminal artwork from the likes of Greenaway, Brunhoff and Sendak. A mile wide and very deep, this is an invaluable resource for professionals, but fun for casual perusing, too. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
The purpose of this mammoth anthology, according to general editor Zipes (German, Univ. of Minnesota; Fairy Tale as Myth/Myth as Fairy Tale), is to provide "an introduction to children's literature for students," and it easily succeeds in this aim. Fairy tale and fantasy are just two of the 19 genres covered here; the excellent introductory essay for the latter is divided into five sections: "Narratives of Wonder," "England: Fantasy's Foes and Friends," "Fantasy in Early America," "High Fantasy," and "Time, Magic and the Everyday." Works as varied as Lucy Lane Clifford's 19th-century "The New Mother" and Ruth Park's modern "Playing Beattie Bow" are included under fantasy, and both are presented in their entirety, as are approximately 80 other stories. Introductory essays define each genre, detail its writers and their works, and draw conclusions about the contributions of the form to children's literature. All are well written, informative, and thought-provoking. This volume, which spans 350 years, boasts 170 writers and illustrators; more than 400 images, 60 of them in color, enliven its pages. A sturdy frame for students and others "to explore new ways to teach children's literature"; highly recommended.-Kathryn R. Bartelt, Univ. of Evansville Libs., IN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
This addition to the highly respected Norton Library is impressive for many reasons. A wealth of material is provided with 170 authors and illustrators represented. Eighty works are presented in their entirety, including The New-England Primer, Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses, J. M. Barrie's play of Peter Pan, and Eleanor Estes's The Hundred Dresses. Less familiar but equally interesting selections, such as those by Robert Baden-Powell and Shannon Garst, are also present. The range of material covers a span of 350 years, with the copious but very readable explanatory material provided in terms of introductions, headnotes, etc., tracing not just the historical development of children's literature, but the impact of changing religious, educational, cultural, and social philosophies as well. While the editors state that the book is intended as "an introduction to children's literature for students primarily at colleges and universities" (and it will be a boon to those charged with designing such courses), it also serves to advance the scholarly study of children's literature as a serious and worthwhile enterprise. Resources for both students and instructors are included on the W.W. Norton Web site.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Jack Zipes (Ph.D. Columbia University) is a Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his scholarly work on children’s literature, he is an award-winning storyteller in public schools and has worked with various children’s theaters. His major publications include Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children’s Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter (2000), Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry (1997), Fairy Tale as Myth/Myth as Fairy Tale (1994), The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World (1988), and Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion: The Classical Genre for Children and the Process of Civilization (1983).
Lissa Paul (Ph.D. York University) is a professor of education at Brock University. She is the author of Reading Otherways (1998), which was a finalist for the F. Harvey Darton Award for historical criticism. Her work on children’s literature has appeared in Signal, The Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, and The Horn Book, among others, and she is a co-editor of the children’s literature journal The Lion and the Unicorn.
Lynne Vallone (Ph.D. SUNY Buffalo) is a professor of English at Texas A&M University, where she teaches children’s and young adult literature. She is the author of Becoming Victoria (2001) and Disciplines of Virtue: Girls’ Culture in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (1995) and the co-editor of Virtual Gender: Fantasies of Subjectivity and Embodiment (1999) and The Girl’s Own: Cultural Histories of the Anglo-American Girl, 1830–1915 (1994).
Peter Hunt (Ph.D. University of Wales) is a professor of English at Cardiff University, the first specialist in children’s literature to be so appointed in a British university. He is the editor of Blackwell Guides to Literature: Children’s Literature (2000), Children’s Literature: An Anthology, 1801–1903 (2000), and An Introduction to Children’s Literature (1994), as well as nine other books on the subject. His works of fiction include A Step off the Path (1985), Backtrack (1986), and Fay Cow and the Missing Milk (1989).
Gillian Avery is a historian of children’s literature based in Oxford. She is the author of Childhood’s Pattern (1975) and Behold the Child: American Children and Their Books, 1621–1922 (1994), as well as co-editor of Children and their Books (1989) and Representations of Childhood Death (2000). She was chairman of the Children’s Books History Society from 1987 to 1990.