ISBN-10:
0205492185
ISBN-13:
9780205492183
Pub. Date:
06/23/2006
Publisher:
Pearson
A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature / Edition 8

A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature / Edition 8

by Rebecca J. Lukens

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ISBN-13: 9780205492183
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 06/23/2006
Edition description: REV
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Rebecca J. Lukens graduated with honors from Concordia College in Minnesota, earned an M.A. from Syracuse University, and next worked on the editorial staff of a children's encyclopedia in New York. After a year on the faculty of St. Olaf College followed by her marriage, she taught at New York State College, Albany, and later at Ohio University, Chillicothe. After publication of a few children's stories, Miami University Department of English hired Lukens to teach Children's Literature–not "Kiddy Lit"–as well as technical and expository writing.

The first edition of A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature was published by Scott Foresman in 1976, and A Critical Handbook of Literature for Young Adults by Harper Collins in 1994. Lukens also co-edited a literature anthology, Woman: An Affirmation, published by D. C. Heath in 1979. Her latest publication, It's Been Great, is a memoir dedicated "to my children and theirs."

Lukens's retirement teaching has been with Miami University's Institute for Learning in Retirement; her favorite class she called "Laughter for Health and Sanity."

Jacquelin J. Smith is a career educator whose experience spans grades 2—8 through pre-service teaching. Children’s Literature has been a passion throughout her career, from literacy learning to connections across the curriculum. She has shared many cross-curricular teaching and learning strategies for science, social studies and math with children’s books at numerous professional conferences and in publications with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. A lifelong learner and Children’s Literature instructor at the University of Northern Iowa, her studies continually confirm both her appreciation for and belief in the power of critically examining children’s literature.

Cynthia Miller Coffel is the author of Thinking Themselves Free: Research on the Literacy of Teen Mothers. Her research in children's and young adult literature has appeared in journals such as The ALAN Review, Reader, and QSE. Her work won the Jeffrey E. Smith award for nonfiction from The Missouri Review in 2007, and her literary essays have twice been listed among the notable essays of the year in The Best American Essays series. Her PhD in literacy education is from the University of Iowa.

Table of Contents

To the Instructor.

To the Student.

1. Literature: What Is It?

Literature for Children.
Summary Notes Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter

2. Genre in Children's Literature.

Realism.

Formula Fiction.

Fantasy.

Traditional Literature.
Poetry.

Informational Books.
Across Genre Lines.
Summary Notes Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter

3. Picture Books.

The Illustrative Elements of the Picture Book.

The Literary Elements of the Picture Book.

Lasting Favorites.

Wordless Picture Books.
Summary Notes Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter

4. Character.

Revelation of Character.

Unity of Character and Action.

Types of Characters.

Change in Character.

Special Issues of Character in Childrens Literature.

Traditional Literature.

Animal Realism.

Science Fiction.

Classics.
Summary Notes Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter

5. Plot.

Types of Narrative Order.

Types of Conflict.

Patterns of Action.

Types of Plots.
Special Issues of Plot in Children's Literature.

Coincidence.

Sentimentality.

Lack of Conflict.
Summary Notes Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter

6. Theme.

Theme or Unifying Truth.
Types of Themes.

Special Issues of Theme in Children's Literature.

Summary Notes Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter

7. Setting.

Types of Settings.

Functions of Setting.

Special Issues of Setting in Children's Literature.

Traditional Literature.

Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Summary Notes Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter

8. Point of View.

Types of Point of View.

Special Issues of Point of View in Children's Literature.

Maturity of the Reader.

Animal Realism.

Fantasy.

Stories of Various Cultures.
Summary Notes Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter

9. Style.

Devices of Style.
Devices of Sound

Special Issues of Style in Children's Literature.

Retellings and Translations.

Stories of Other Periods and Places.

High Fantasy.
Summary Notes Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter

10. Tone.

Tone in Charlotte's Web.

Humor.

Differing Tastes in Tone.

Tone Related to the Author's Choice of Materials.

Special Issues of Tone in Children's Literature.

Condescension.

Sentimentality.

Sensationalism.

Didacticism.

Changing Values.

Variety of Tone.
Summary Notes Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter

11. From Rhyme to Poetry.

Nursery Rhymes.

Nonsense.

Poetry.
Summary Notes Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter

12. Biography.

Biography Defined.
Summary Notes Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter

13. Informational Books.

Nonfiction Defined.

Informational Books.

Special Issues in Informational Books for Children.

Tone.

Didacticism and Propaganda.
Summary Notes Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter

Appendix A: Children's Book Awards.

Appendix B: Selected Magazines for Children.

Appendix C: Selected Reviewing Media for Children's Books.

Appendix D: Selected Websites about Children's Literature.

Glossary of Literary Terms.

Credits.

Index.

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