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Literature for Children : A Short Introduction,9780132173797

Literature for Children : A Short Introduction

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Summary

Literature for Childrencovers the full range of subjects typically addressed in childrenrs"s literature, while focusing on genres and concepts rather than on particular authors. The bookrs"s concise, accessible, inviting style includes many specific illustrations and explanations as examples of the concepts presented and allows readers to spend more time reading the primary texts. Included are topics for consideration and discussion at the end of each chapter, many bibliographies of both scholarly resources and childrenrs"s books, an extensive glossary, a list of childrenrs"s literature research sources, and lists of childrenrs"s book awards, making the book an outstanding, useful resource.

Author Biography

David L. Russell is Professor of Languages and Literature at Ferris State University and co-editor of The Lion and the Unicorn. In addition to book-length studies of Scott O’Dell and Patricia MacLachlan, he has published numerous scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects in children’s literature.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

 

Part I: The Contexts of children’s literature

Chapter 1        The History of Children’s Literature: How We Got Here                                                                     Introduction

                              The Ancient World–Greece and Rome (ca. 850 BCE to 476 CE)

                              The Medieval World (ca. 476-1450)

                              The Renaissance (ca. 1450-1700)

                              The Eighteenth Century

                              The Nineteenth Century

                              The Twentieth Century and Beyond

                              Summary

                              Timeline

                              For Reflection and Discussion

                              Selected Bibliography

Chapter 2        Literature and Child Development: Growing Through Reading                 

Introduction

Language Acquisition in Children

Child Development Theories

                Jean Piaget and Cognitive Development

                                Sensorimotor Period

                                Preoperational Period

                                Period of Concrete Operations

                                Period of Formal Operations

                Erik Erikson and Psychosocial Development

                                Trust Versus Mistrust

                                Autonomy Versus Doubt

                                Initiative Versus Guilt

                                Industry Versus Inferiority

                                Identity Versus Role Confusion

                Lawrence Kohlberg and Moral Development

                                Pre-conventional Level

                                Conventional Level

                                Post-conventional Level

Bibliotherapy

Censorship

Summary

For Reflection and Discussion

Chapter 3        The Elements of Story: The Building Blocks of Literature                              

                              Introduction

                              Characters

                                              Character Type

                                              Character Development

                                              Character Revelation

                              Setting

                              Narrative Point of View

                                              First-person Narrator

                                              Omniscient Narrator

                                              Limited Narrator

                              Plot

                                              Dramatic Plot

                                              Episodic Plot

                                              Parallel Plot

                                              Sequential Plot

                                              Cumulative Plot

                              Conflict

                                              Protagonist against Another

                                              Protagonist against Society

                                              Protagonist against Nature

                                              Protagonist against Self              

                              Theme

                              Style

                                              Words

                                              Sentences

                                              Exposition and Dialogue

                              Tone

                                              Humor

                                              Didacticism

                                              Sentimentalism

                                              Irony

                                              Parody

                              Summary

                              For Reflection and Discussion

Chapter 4        Exploring Books: Reading, Talking, Doing                               

Introduction

Lev Vygotsky and Education

The Reader-Centered Approach to Literature

Reading Experiences

                              Reading Aloud

                              Storytelling

                              Book Discussions

                                              Memory Questions

                                              Interpretation Questions

                                              Application Questions

                                              Evaluation Questions

Writing Experiences

              Webbing and Mapping

              Response Journals

              Book Reports

Dramatic Experiences

              Oral Interpretation

              Story Theater

              Reader’s Theater

              Puppet Theater

              Creative Dramatics

Artistic Responses

              Graphic Art

              Plastic Art

              Creating Books

Summary

For Reflection and Discussion

Chapter 5        Cultural Diversity and Inclusion: Reading the World                        

Introduction

Definition of Culturally Diverse Literature

Types of Cultural Diversity

                African Americans

                Hispanic Americans

                Native Americans

                Asian Americans

                The Jewish Experience

                Other Cultures

Gender Awareness

Alternative Families

The Physically, Emotionally, and Intellectually Challenged

Summary

For Reflection and Discussion

Selected Bibliography

Part II: The kinds of Children’s literature

Chapter 6        Beginning Books: Knowledge Through Delight                    

Introduction

Mother Goose Rhymes

              Origin and Definition

              Mother Goose and Child Development

                              Table: Choosing Mother Goose Books

Alphabet and Counting Books

                Alphabet Books

                Counting Books

Perceptual Concept Books

Tactile Books and Movable Books

Wordless Picture Books

Summary

For Reflection and Discussion

Selected Bibliography                                  

Chapter 7        Picture Books: The Collaboration of Story and Art                             

Introduction

History of the Picture Book

Picture Book Texts

                Plot

                Character

                Language

                Subject and Tone

Elements of Picture Book Art  

                Line      

                Shape

                Space   

                Texture               

                Composition and Perspective

                Color

Design and Meaning in Picture Books  

                Rhythm and Movement              

                Tension              

                Page Layout

Artistic Media  

                Painterly Techniques   

                Graphic Techniques      

                Photography and Digital Art                     

                Composite Techniques

Artistic Styles  

                Realism                               

                Cartoon Art       

                Folk Art

                Naïve Art

                Impressionism

                Cubism

                Expressionism

                Surrealism

Picture Book Layout: Three Examples

Graphic Novels                               

Summary

For Reflection and Discussion

Selected Bibliography

Chapter 8        Poetry: For the Love of Language                                                    

                              Introduction

                              Definition of Poetry

                              Sounds in Poetry

                                              Rhyme

                                              Rhythm

                              Pictures in Poetry

              Sensory Description

                                                              Sight

                                                              Touch

                                                              Hearing

                                                              Smell

                                                              Taste

                                                              Motion

                                              Comparative Description

                                                              Simile

                                                              Metaphor

                                                              Personification

                              Forms of Poetry

                                              Narrative Poetry

                                              Lyric Poetry

                                                              Haiku

                                                              Cinquain

                                                              Concrete Poetry

                                                              Limerick

                                                              Free Verse

                                                              Nonsense Poetry

                              Sharing Poetry with Children

                              Summary

For Reflection and Discussion

Selected Bibliography

Chapter 9        Folk Narratives: The Oldest Stories                                               

                              Introduction

                              Storytelling Conventions of Folktales

                                              Setting

                                              Character

                                              Plot

                                              Theme and Conflict

                                              Style

                              Types of Folktales

                                              Talking Animal Tales and Fables

                                              Moral Tales

                                              Local Legends and Tall Tales

                                              Dilemma Tales and Riddles

                                              Wonder Tales or Märchen

                                              Merry Tales

                                              Ghost Stories

                                              Pourquoi Tales

                                              Trickster Tales

                                              Myths and Traditional Epics

                              Summary

                              For Reflection and Discussion

                              Selected Bibliography

Chapter 10     Fantasy: The World of Make Believe                                             

                              Introduction

                              History of Fantasy

                              Characteristics of Fantasy

                                              Magic and Rules

                                              Setting

                                              Character

                                              Plot

                                              Theme

                                              Originality

                              Types of Fantasy

                                              Literary Fairy Tales and Magical Fantasy

                                              Comic Fantasy

                                              Talking Animal (and Toy) Fantasy

                                              Miniature Fantasy

                                              Epic, Heroic and Adventure Fantasy

                                              Horror Fantasy

                                              Time-Slip Fantasy

                                              Science Fiction or Speculative Fantasy

                              Summary

                              For Reflection and Discussion

                              Selected Bibliography

Chapter 11     Realistic Fiction: The Days of Our Lives                      

                              Introduction

                              Definitions of Historical and Contemporary Realism

                              Characteristics of Realistic Fiction

                                              Setting

                                              Character

                                              Plot

                                              Language

                                              Themes

                              History of Historical Realism

                              Concerns of Historical Realism

                                              Recreating the Period

                                              Unobtrusive History

                                              Credible Dialogue

                                              Sensitivity and Objectivity

                              History of Contemporary Realism

                                              Nineteenth-century Origins

                                              Twentieth-century Realism

                              Topics in Contemporary Realism

                                              Family Life (and Problems)

                                              Friends

                                              Outsiders

                                              Sexuality

                                              Mortality

                                              Survival

                                              Mysteries and Puzzles

                                              Sports

                                              Animals

                              Summary 

                              For Reflection and Discussion

                              Selected Bibliography

Chapter 12     Nonfiction: Telling It Like It Is                                                           

                              Introduction

History of Nonfiction

Characteristics of Nonfiction

                Purpose and Audience

                Factual Information

                Style

                Format

Apparatus of Nonfiction

                Table of Contents

                Footnotes/Endnotes

                Glossary

                Bibliography

                Index

Illustrations in Nonfiction

                Photographs

                Drawings

                Maps, Chart, Diagrams, Tables

Biography and Autobiography

                Authentic Biography

                Fictionalized Biography

                Biographical Fiction

                Complete, Partial, and Collective Biographies

                Autobiography

General Nonfiction

                History and Culture

                Science and Nature

                Arts and Leisure

                Human Growth and Development

Summary

For Reflection and Discussion

Selected Bibliography

 

 

 

 

Glossary

 

Children’s Literature Resources

 

Children’s Book Awards

                             

                            TheCaldecott Award

                            The Newbery Award

                            The Mildred L. Batchelder Award

                            The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

                            The Coretta Scott Award

                            The Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

                            National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence                                                                                                   in Poetry for Children

                            The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

                            The Phoenix Award

                            The Hans Christian Andersen Award

                            The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award



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