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A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature,9780321003614

A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature

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9780321003614

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0321003616
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Pub. Date:
1/1/1999
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Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

Designed to accompany reading of childrens books from all genres, this text helps teachers meet the challenge of selecting the best literature for children. It trains future teachers to make judgments about what constitutes quality childrens literature and thoroughly discusses the nature of and genres within childrens literature. Taking readers through the definitions of literary terms, reviewing plot, character, theme, setting, point of view, style and tone, the text provides sound criteria for assessing the merit of childrens books. Includes material on rhymes, and poetry, as well as nonfiction trade books. This edition offers more coverage of multicultural literature, new chapter opening questions, and enhanced content on reading aloud to children.

Table of Contents

To the Instructor ix
To the Student xvii
Literature: What Is It?
3(10)
Literature for Children
9(1)
Summary
10(1)
Notes
10(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
11(2)
Genre in Children's Literature
13(28)
Realism
14(4)
Realistic Stories
15(1)
Animal Realism
16(1)
Historical Realism
16(1)
Sports Stories
17(1)
Formula Fiction
18(2)
Mysteries and Thrillers
18(1)
Romantic Stories
19(1)
Series Novels
20(1)
Fantasy
20(4)
Fantastic Stories
21(1)
High Fantasy
22(1)
Science Fiction
22(2)
Traditional Literature
24(4)
Fables
25(1)
Folktales
25(2)
Myths
27(1)
Legends and Hero Tales
28(1)
Folk Epics
28(1)
Poetry
28(1)
Nonfiction
29(1)
Across Genre Lines
30(6)
Classics
30(6)
Summary
36(1)
Notes
36(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
37(4)
Picture Books
41(38)
The Illustrative Elements of the Picture Book
43(7)
Designing the Book
43(3)
Picturing Figurative Language
46(1)
Amplifying the Text
46(2)
Changing the Story
48(2)
The Literary Elements of the Picture Book
50(15)
Character
51(2)
Plot
53(3)
Theme
56(3)
Setting
59(1)
Point of View
60(2)
Style
62(1)
Tone
63(2)
Lasting Favorites
65(4)
Wordless Picture Books
69(4)
Summary
73(1)
Notes
73(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
74(5)
Character
79(24)
Revelation of Character
80(3)
By Actions
81(1)
By Speech
81(1)
By Appearance
82(1)
By Others' Comments
82(1)
By Author's Comments
82(1)
Unity of Character and Action
83(3)
Types of Characters
86(3)
Flat Characters
86(2)
Round Characters
88(1)
Change in Characters
89(4)
Special Issues of Character in Children's Literature
93(2)
Traditional Literature
95(1)
Animal Realism
96(1)
Science Fiction
96(2)
Classics
98(1)
Summary
99(1)
Notes
100(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
100(3)
Plot
103(32)
Types of Narrative Order
103(2)
Chronological Order
104(1)
Flashbacks
105(1)
Types of Conflict
105(6)
Person-Against-Self
106(1)
Person-Against-Person
107(1)
Person-Against-Society
108(1)
Person-Against-Nature
109(2)
Patterns of Action
111(13)
Suspense
113(3)
The Cliff-hanger
116(1)
Foreshadowing
117(2)
Sensationalism
119(1)
The Climax
120(2)
Denouement
122(1)
Inevitability
123(1)
Types of Plots
124(2)
Special Issues of Plot in Children's Literature
126(1)
Coincidence
126(1)
Sentimentality
127(3)
Lack of Conflict
130(1)
Summary
131(1)
Notes
131(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
132(3)
Theme
135(18)
Theme or Unifying Truth
135(1)
Types of Themes
136(5)
Explicit Theme
136(1)
Implicit Theme
137(2)
Multiple and Secondary Themes
139(2)
Special Issues of Theme in Children's Literature
141(1)
Traditional Literature
141(2)
Didacticism
143(2)
Nonsense
145(1)
Mature Themes in Children's Stories
146(3)
Summary
149(1)
Notes
150(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
150(3)
Setting
153(22)
Types of Settings
154(5)
Integral Setting
155(1)
Backdrop Setting
156(1)
Setting in Charlotte's Web
157(2)
Functions of Setting
159(9)
Setting That Clarifies Conflict
159(3)
Setting as Antagonist
162(2)
Setting That Illuminates Character
164(1)
Setting and Mood
165(2)
Setting as Symbol
167(1)
Special Issues of Setting in Children's Literature
168(1)
Traditional Literature
169(2)
Fantasy and Science Fiction
171(1)
Summary
172(1)
Notes
172(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
172(3)
Point of View
175(20)
Types of Point of View
176(8)
First-Person Point of View
176(4)
Omniscient Point of View
180(1)
Limited Omniscient Point of View
181(2)
Objective (Dramatic) Point of View
183(1)
Special Issues of Point of View in Children's Literature
184(1)
Maturity of the Reader
185(1)
Animal Realism
186(2)
Fantasy
188(1)
Stories of Various Cultures
189(2)
Summary
191(1)
Notes
191(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
191(4)
Style
195(22)
Devices of Style
197(7)
Connotation
197(1)
Imagery
198(1)
Figurative Language
199(1)
Hyperbole
200(1)
Understatement
200(1)
Allusion
201(1)
Symbol
201(1)
Puns and Wordplay
202(2)
Special Issues of Style in Children's Literature
204(1)
Trite Versus Fresh Style
204(3)
Retellings and Translations
207(3)
Stories of Other Periods and Places
210(2)
High Fantasy
212(1)
Summary
213(1)
Notes
213(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
214(3)
Tone
217(30)
Tone in Charlotte's Web
218(2)
Humor
220(5)
Parody
224(1)
Differing Tastes in Tone
225(1)
Tone Related to the Author's Choice of Materials
226(5)
Special Issues of Tone in Children's Literature
231(1)
Condescension
231(2)
Sentimentality
233(2)
Sensationalism
235(1)
Didacticism
236(1)
Changing Values
237(1)
Variety of Tone
238(4)
Summary
242(1)
Notes
242(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
243(4)
From Rhyme to Poetry
247(34)
Nursery Rhymes
247(5)
Literary Elements
248(1)
Style
249(3)
Nonsense
252(3)
Rhythm and Sound
252(1)
Compactness and Surprise
253(2)
Poetry
255(21)
Prose and Poetry
255(2)
Verse and Poetry
257(1)
Kinds of Poetry
258(2)
Rhythm
260(4)
Sound Patterns
264(1)
Figurativeness
264(6)
Compactness
270(2)
Emotional Intensity
272(1)
Negative Qualities in Poetry
273(3)
Summary
276(1)
Notes
276(1)
Books Containing Poems Cited in This Chapter
277(4)
Biography
281(16)
Biography Defined
281(12)
The Writer's Obligations
282(2)
Biography and Fiction
284(1)
Tone and Style
285(5)
Concepts and Didacticism
290(3)
Summary
293(1)
Notes
294(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
294(3)
Nonfiction
297(24)
Nonfiction Defined
298(2)
Wonder as Motivation
299(1)
Informational Books
300(11)
Organization and Scope
300(3)
Narrative Form
303(3)
Style
306(4)
Illustration
310(1)
Special Issues in Nonfiction for Children
311(1)
Tone
311(4)
Didacticism and Propaganda
315(3)
Summary
318(1)
Notes
318(1)
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
319(2)
Appendix A: Children's Book Awards 321(34)
Appendix B: Selected Magazines for Children 355(2)
Appendix C: Selected Reviewing Media for Children's Books 357(2)
Glossary of Literary Terms 359(4)
Acknowledgments 363(4)
Index 367


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