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The Children's Literature Dictionary: Definitions, Resources, and Learning Activities Paperback – January 30, 2002

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From School Library Journal

In this volume, both new and experienced librarians will find creative ideas for introducing, describing, and promoting various types of literature to young people. From "Abridgement" to "Concrete Poetry" to "Woodcut" and "Wordless Book," the 325 entries cite examples from quality children's literature to illustrate each term. Following the definitions are suggestions for related activities, such as making popcorn in Tomie dePaola's The Popcorn Book. The entry for "Conflict" includes discussion of types of conflict and examples of books in which it appears, such as Elizabeth Spear's The Witch of Blackbird Pond and Marion Dane Bauer's On My Honor. The literature cited includes classics as well as more popular and current titles such as the "Harry Potter" books. "Alphabet Book" defines the genre, presents a variety of forms that are used, offers suggestions on evaluation of titles, and gives an activity for children to compare and contrast. Librarians who need additional information about the medium used by artists will find good explanations for terms such as gouache, casein paint, charcoal, scratchboard, collage, and hatching. Appendixes include a list of titles cited and a listing of entries by subject (e.g., awards, illustration, poetry). There are many see and see-also references, as well as Web sites. While a useful tool for professionals, this outstanding resource also has much to offer teachers and students.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Written for teachers, librarians, and book reviewers who work with books for young people through age 14, this title provides comprehensive yet succinct definitions of 325 terms relevant to children's literature. Terms were selected for inclusion because they are frequently encountered in review journals, programming guides, and literature handbooks. Entries are arranged alphabetically and incorporate a wide scope of topics including artistic mediums and styles, genres, awards, literature terminology, and physical book features. See and see also references are utilized. Entries for frequently taught terms include recommended learning activities. Books that provide clearer understanding of a term are listed in the definition, and the authors cite many newly published titles. The dictionary provides a bibliography of cited materials as well as several indexes (subject, author, and a title index that links cited titles with the corresponding terms). Page numbers would have made these indexes more useful. A well-written and highly useful resource for any school or public library. Shauna Yusko
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