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Literature for Children: A Short Introduction (7th Edition) 7th Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0132173797
ISBN-10: 0132173794
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“Other textbooks I have reviewed have more lengthy content on the history of children’s literature.  I like the arrangement in this chapter…it is concise and thorough enough for today’s millennial students, I believe.” Ann D. Holley

 

“The primary strength of this text is its background covering a wide genre of children’s literature.” Janet Crosier

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In this concise, accessible, inviting text, students get a solid understanding of the foundations and contexts of literature, including the various genres of children’s literature from picture books to folk literature. In his engaging style, author David Russell stresses the need for students to first appreciate literature in order to later use it effectively in their own classrooms.

 

The text’s user-friendly format includes a wealth of real examples from literature, and the concise presentation allows students to spend more time reading books for children.

 

Here’s what’s new in this Seventh Edition:

 

·         A timeline of notable events in children’s literature has been added (Ch. 1) to give students an efficient overview of the development of children’s literature from classical times to the present.

 

·         A discussion of graphic novels has been added (Ch 7).

 

·         A refocused Chapter 3 on the study of literature has been re-titled, “The Elements of Story,” and now features a focus on the building blocks of literature to help students better examine the literature itself. Specific examples drawn from children’s books have been used throughout to illustrate the key literary elements.

 

·         A full-color insert has been added to the picture book chapter (Ch. 7), providing excellent examples of children’s color illustrations to enhance the text’s discussion of the impact of color in the art in children’s books.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 7 edition (March 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132173794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132173797
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As an education major, I am finding this book breaks down the various aspects of reading to kids vs. reading for adults. Kids view things differently, so choosing books that are age & developmentally appropriate is important.
This would also be a good reference for anyone thinking of writing children's books. They talk about aspects of a story, of illustrations, and why some stories are 'good' why others aren't so much. There is more to this than I thought!
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By JC on October 10, 2013
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A wonderful book, authoratative and instructive, yet an interesting and thoughtful work about children's literature. The discussion and examples are insightful and intelligent focusing on the genre and important points when teaching the literature. The author brings a scholarly overview and balance to the elements of children's literature.
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I have been impressed with compilations of children's literature before but this book has many insightful analyses of beloved characters, illustrations, and familiar themes. Its a perfect introduction for college students on topic of children's literature. Anyone who disagrees may want to go back and reread.
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A great resource for teachers in elementary. Has excellent recommended reading lists to give teachers ideas for resources and even has discussion questions that could be used in the classroom. I wish the paper was better quality as I would like to keep this book for a long time.
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I bought this book for school. It has several of good stories within it that I really enjoyed reading but it was really the class that turned out to be a thumbs down.
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Got an "A" out of the class worth every penny
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