The Seed and the Vision: On the Writing and Appreciation of Children's Books

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"Rich in content, abundant and perceptive in treatment," wrote The Horn Book of The Green and Burning Tree, Eleanor Cameron's first and now classic exploration of children's books. Readers will find this new volume of her essays no less fascinating and no less devoted to the transforming power of fiction for children. Mrs. Cameron explores issues and questions that have been of lifelong interest, extending and deepening her earlier thinking. In the title essay she examines childhood experience and the writer to come, later taking up the power of
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1994 Paperback An EXCELLENT NEW edition. Clean, tight, unmarked. Gift Quality. Cameron examines the issues of place and character, imagery and cliche, fantasy, symbolism, and ... sexuality in books of outstanding children's writers. We ship within 24 hours, carefully wrapped. You found it. We sell books from New to Acceptable. We take care to be accurate in our description. Most of our books were gently read and in fine condition. BNCTucsonbooks ships daily. Proceeds from the sales of books support an endowed sc. Read more Show Less

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"Rich in content, abundant and perceptive in treatment," wrote The Horn Book of The Green and Burning Tree, Eleanor Cameron's first and now classic exploration of children's books. Readers will find this new volume of her essays no less fascinating and no less devoted to the transforming power of fiction for children. Mrs. Cameron explores issues and questions that have been of lifelong interest, extending and deepening her earlier thinking. In the title essay she examines childhood experience and the writer to come, later taking up the power of dreams and the unconscious in the work of Sendak, Stevenson, Barrie, Carroll, White, and Le Guin, and in her own novels, too. Discussing the creation of character, she looks at Paterson, Mahy, Voigt, Cassedy, and Hoban, among others. And she illuminates other topics as well, including the pleasures and problems of time fantasy; the responsibilities of the critic; and the use and misuse of imagery. Throughout run two themes of passionate interest to her: the power of place and the power of private vision. This is a work of inestimable value to writers, teachers, librarians, students, parents - to anyone interested in giving our youth, as Mrs. Cameron says, "not what it already knows, but what it has not yet divined."

A series of essays examining the writing, themes, influence, range, and critical appreciation of children's books.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780452271838
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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