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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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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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This is not your typical college text. In theory, a college text should present proven facts and nothing more. This book is full of very liberal opinions. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Busy mom
Fun to read about the different styles of reading available for children. Fun to look at different ways to look at books in a new light.Published on December 17, 2012 by jazz
The book covers all of the important elements in Children's Literature. The Appendix shows the Children's Book Awards. It is easy to read not to technical.Published on July 19, 2011 by Yoruba