Literature for Children : A Short Introduction

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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This succinct yet comprehensive introduction to children's literature focuses on genres and concepts rather than on particular authors. This completely updated edition provides a clear, literary perspective for understanding the foundations and contexts of literature, including the various genres of children's literature, from picture to informational books. The Sixth Edition continues to be approachable and inviting with its clear and logical organization and its simple and direct prose. Arguing that teachers need to love literature, appreciate its beauty, explore its complexity, and enjoy its magic, the Sixth Edition stresses the need for teachers to first appreciate literature in order to later use it in the classroom. Well known for its booklists, this book focuses on the traditional genres of children's literature, and the discussions within the chapters are organized according to themes.

Author Biography

David L. Russell is a professor of languages and literature in Michigan where he teaches children's literature and folk literature.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Sixth Editionp. xvii
About the Authorp. xix
The Contexts of Childrenrsquo;s Literaturep. 1
The History of Childrenrsquo;s Literaturep. 3
The Beginningsp. 3
The Classical Worldp. 3
The Middle Agesp. 4
The Renaissancep. 5
The Seventeenth Centuryp. 6
Puritanismp. 6
John Locke and Educational Philosophyp. 9
The Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuriesp. 9
Books for Childrenndash;at Lastp. 9
Rousseau and the Moral Talep. 11
The Rise of the Folktalesp. 11
The Victorians: The Golden Agep. 12
British Childrenrsquo;s Literaturep. 14
Adventure or Boysrsquo; Storiesp. 14
Fantasy Storiesp. 14
Realistic Storiesp. 15
The United Statesp. 16
Adventure or Boysrsquo; Storiesp. 16
Domestic or Girlsrsquo; Storiesp. 16
Fantasy Storiesp. 17
Childrenrsquo;s Book Illustration in the Golden Agep. 17
Popular Literaturendash;Great Britain and Americap. 20
Between the Wars: 1920-1940p. 20
From World War II to the Presentp. 21
Childrenrsquo;s Literature from Around the Worldp. 23
Summaryp. 24
Classroom Activitiesp. 25
Recommended Readingsp. 26
Selected Bibliography of Retelling for Childrenrsquo;s Tales from the Ancient Worldp. 27
Tales from the Middle Agesp. 28
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