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A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature

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9780205492183

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0205492185
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Pub. Date:
5/31/2006
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Summary

Now in its Eighth Edition, this highly regarded book helps teachers, librarians, and other media specialists select quality childrenrs"s literature. Unlike an anthology, which includes only selected chapters and text summaries, A Critical Handbook of Childrenrs"s Literature uses examples of childrenrs"s books to explain critical principles and standards, as well as special issues in evaluating books for children. Taking readers through the definitions of literary terms such as plot, character, theme, setting, point of view, style, and tone, Rebecca Lukens provides sound criteria for assessing the merit of children's books. Throughout the book, Lukens addresses a variety of issues in childrenrs"s literature. Thoroughly updated with new examples of literature from all genres, A Critical Handbook of Childrenrs"s Literature continues to be the best resource available for helping anyone who works with children select the best childrenrs"s literature for the classroom, library, or home.

Table of Contents

To the Instructor xi
To the Student xvii
A Lifetime of Reading xxiii
Literature: What Is It?
3(10)
Literature for Children
9(1)
Summary
10(3)
Notes
10(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
10(3)
Genre in Children's Literature
13(26)
Realism
15(3)
Realistic Stories
15(1)
Animal Realism
16(1)
Historical Realism
17(1)
Sports Stories
18(1)
Formula Fiction
18(2)
Mysteries and Thrillers
18(1)
Romantic Stories
19(1)
Series Books
19(1)
Fantasy
20(3)
Fantastic Stories
20(1)
High Fantasy
21(1)
Science Fiction
22(1)
Traditional Literature
23(4)
Fables
24(1)
Folktales
24(2)
Myths
26(1)
Legends and Hero Tales
27(1)
Folk Epics
27(1)
Poetry
27(1)
Informational Books
28(1)
Across Genre Lines
29(1)
Classics
29(1)
Table 2.1: Genre in Children's Literature
30(5)
Summary
35(4)
Notes
35(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
36(3)
Picture Books
39(36)
The Illustrative Elements of the Picture Book
41(7)
Designing the Book
41(3)
Picturing Figurative Language
44(1)
Amplifying the Text
44(1)
Changing the Story
45(3)
The Literary Elements of the Picture Book
48(14)
Character
49(1)
Plot
50(3)
Theme
53(3)
Setting
56(1)
Point of View
57(1)
Style
58(1)
Tone
59(3)
Lasting Favorites
62(4)
Wordless Picture Books
66(3)
Summary
69(6)
Notes
69(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
70(5)
Character
75(24)
Revelation of Character
76(2)
By Actions
77(1)
By Speech
77(1)
By Appearance
78(1)
By Others' Comments
78(1)
By Author's Comments
78(1)
Unity of Character and Action
78(4)
Types of Characters
82(3)
Flat Characters
82(2)
Round Characters
84(1)
Change in Character
85(4)
Special Issues of Character in Children's Literature
89(6)
Traditional Literature
90(1)
Animal Realism
91(1)
Science Fiction
92(2)
Classics
94(1)
Summary
95(4)
Notes
96(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
96(3)
Plot
99(32)
Types of Narrative Order
100(3)
Chronological Order
100(1)
Variations in Narrative Order
100(2)
Flashbacks
102(1)
Types of Conflict
103(6)
Person-Against-Self
103(2)
Person-Against-Person
105(1)
Person-Against-Society
106(2)
Person-Against-Nature
108(1)
Patterns of Action
109(11)
Suspense
111(3)
The Cliff-hanger
114(1)
Foreshadowing
114(2)
Sensationalism
116(1)
The Climax
116(2)
Denouement
118(2)
Inevitability
120(1)
Types of Plots
120(2)
Special Issues of Plot in Children's Literature
122(4)
Coincidence
122(1)
Sentimentality
123(3)
Lack of Conflict
126(1)
Summary
126(5)
Notes
127(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
127(4)
Theme
131(18)
Theme or Unifying Truth
131(1)
Types of Themes
132(4)
Explicit Theme
132(1)
Implicit Theme
133(2)
Multiple and Secondary Themes
135(1)
Special Issues of Theme in Children's Literature
136(10)
Traditional Literature
136(2)
Didacticism
138(3)
Nonsense
141(1)
Mature Themes in Children's Stories
142(4)
Summary
146(3)
Notes
146(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
146(3)
Setting
149(20)
Types of Settings
150(5)
Integral Setting
151(1)
Backdrop Setting
152(1)
Setting in Charlotte's Web
153(2)
Functions of Setting
155(7)
Setting That Clarifies Conflict
155(2)
Setting as Antagonist
157(1)
Setting That Illuminates Character
158(2)
Setting and Mood
160(1)
Setting as Symbol
161(1)
Special Issues of Setting in Children's Literature
162(3)
Traditional Literature
163(1)
Fantasy and Science Fiction
164(1)
Summary
165(4)
Notes
166(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
166(3)
Point of View
169(20)
Types of Point of View
170(10)
First-Person Point of View
170(5)
Omniscient Point of View
175(1)
Limited Omniscient Point of View
176(2)
Objective (Dramatic) Point of View
178(1)
Variations in Point of View
179(1)
Special Issues of Point of View in Children's Literature
180(5)
Maturity of the Reader
181(1)
Animal Realism
181(2)
Fantasy
183(1)
Stories of Various Cultures
184(1)
Summary
185(4)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
185(4)
Style
189(22)
Devices of Style
191(7)
Connotation
191(1)
Imagery
192(1)
Figurative Language
193(1)
Hyperbole
194(1)
Understatement
195(1)
Allusion
196(1)
Symbol
197(1)
Puns and Wordplay
197(1)
Devices of Sound
198(2)
Onomatopoeia
198(1)
Alliteration
198(1)
Assonance
198(1)
Consonance
198(1)
Rhythm
199(1)
Special Issues of Style in Children's Literature
200(7)
Trite Versus Fresh Style
200(2)
Retellings and Translations
202(3)
Stories of Other Periods and Places
205(2)
High Fantasy
207(1)
Summary
207(4)
Notes
207(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
208(3)
Tone
211(28)
Tone in Charlotte's Web
213(1)
Humor
214(5)
Parody
219(1)
Differing Tastes in Tone
219(2)
Tone Related to the Author's Choice of Materials
221(4)
Special Issues of Tone in Children's Literature
225(10)
Condescension
225(1)
Sentimentality
226(3)
Sensationalism
229(1)
Didacticism
230(1)
Changing Values
231(1)
Variety of Tone
232(3)
Summary
235(4)
Notes
235(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
236(3)
From Rhyme to Poetry
239(32)
Nursery Rhymes
239(4)
Literary Elements
240(1)
Style
241(2)
Nonsense
243(3)
Rhythm and Sound
244(1)
Compactness and Surprise
244(2)
Poetry
246(20)
Prose and Poetry
247(1)
Verse and Poetry
248(2)
Kinds of Poetry
250(2)
Rhythm
252(3)
Sound Patterns
255(1)
Figurativeness
256(5)
Compactness
261(2)
Emotional Intensity
263(1)
Negative Qualities in Poetry
264(2)
Summary
266(5)
Notes
267(1)
Books Containing Poems Cited in This Chapter
267(4)
Biography
271(16)
Biography Defined
271(13)
The Writer's Obligations
272(3)
Biography and Fiction
275(1)
Tone and Style
276(4)
Concepts and Didacticism
280(4)
Summary
284(3)
Notes
284(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
285(2)
Informational Books
287(24)
Nonfiction Defined
288(2)
Wonder as Motivation
289(1)
Informational Books
290(10)
Organization and Scope
290(3)
Narrative Form
293(3)
Style
296(3)
Illustration
299(1)
Special Issues in Nonfiction in Children's Literature
300(7)
Tone
300(4)
Didacticism and Propaganda
304(2)
Publishing Trends
306(1)
Summary
307(4)
Notes
308(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
308(3)
Appendix A: Children's Book Awards 311(38)
Appendix B: Selected Children's Magazines 349(2)
Appendix C: Selected Reviewing Media for Children's Books 351(2)
Appendix D: Selected Websites about Children's Literature 353(2)
Glossary of Literary Terms 355(4)
Credits 359(6)
Index 365


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