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Critical Handbook of Children's Literature

ISBN-10: 0205492185
ISBN-13: 9780205492183
Edition: 8th 2007 (Revised)
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List price: $95.40
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/31/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Designed to facilitate the use of children's books from all genres, this exceptional resource helps teachers, librarians, and media specialists select the best children's literature for the classroom, library, or home. "Showa how to choose and use quality children's literature Taking readers through the definitions of "literary terms such as plot, character, theme, setting, point of view, style, and tone, Lukens provides sound criteria for assessing the merit of children's books. "Anyone who reads to and with children -- parents, educators, librarians, social workers, etc.

To the Instructor
To the Student
A Lifetime of Reading
Literature: What Is It?
Literature for Children
Summary
Notes
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
Genre in Children's Literature
Realism
Realistic Stories
Animal Realism
Historical Realism
Sports Stories
Formula Fiction
Mysteries and Thrillers
Romantic Stories
Series Books
Fantasy
Fantastic Stories
High Fantasy
Science Fiction
Traditional Literature
Fables
Folktales
Myths
Legends and Hero Tales
Folk Epics
Poetry
Informational Books
Across Genre Lines
Classics
Genre in Children's Literature
Summary
Notes
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
Picture Books
The Illustrative Elements of the Picture Book
Designing the Book
Picturing Figurative Language
Amplifying the Text
Changing the Story
The Literary Elements of the Picture Book
Character
Plot
Theme
Setting
Point of View
Style
Tone
Lasting Favorites
Wordless Picture Books
Summary
Notes
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
Character
Revelation of Character
By Actions
By Speech
By Appearance
By Others' Comments
By Author's Comments
Unity of Character and Action
Types of Characters
Flat Characters
Round Characters
Change in Character
Special Issues of Character in Children's Literature
Traditional Literature
Animal Realism
Science Fiction
Classics
Summary
Notes
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
Plot
Types of Narrative Order
Chronological Order
Variations in Narrative Order
Flashbacks
Types of Conflict
Person-Against-Self
Person-Against-Person
Person-Against-Society
Person-Against-Nature
Patterns of Action
Suspense
The Cliff-hanger
Foreshadowing
Sensationalism
The Climax
Denouement
Inevitability
Types of Plots
Special Issues of Plot in Children's Literature
Coincidence
Sentimentality
Lack of Conflict
Summary
Notes
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
Theme
Theme or Unifying Truth
Types of Themes
Explicit Theme
Implicit Theme
Multiple and Secondary Themes
Special Issues of Theme in Children's Literature
Traditional Literature
Didacticism
Nonsense
Mature Themes in Children's Stories
Summary
Notes
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
Setting
Types of Settings
Integral Setting
Backdrop Setting
Setting in Charlott'e Web
Functions of Setting
Setting That Clarifies Conflict
Setting as Antagonist
Setting That Illuminates Character
Setting and Mood
Setting as Symbol
Special Issues of Setting in Children's Literature
Traditional Literature
Fantasy and Science Fiction
Summary
Notes
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
Point of View
Types of Point of View
First-Person Point of View
Omniscient Point of View
Limited Omniscient Point of View
Objective (Dramatic) Point of View
Variations in Point of View
Special Issues of Point of View in Children's Literature
Maturity of the Reader
Animal Realism
Fantasy
Stories of Various Cultures
Summary
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
Style
Devices of Style
Connotation
Imagery
Figurative Language
Hyperbole
Understatement
Allusion
Symbol
Puns and Wordplay
Devices of Sound
Onomatopoeia
Alliteration
Assonance
Consonance
Rhythm
Special Issues of Style in Children's Literature
Trite Versus Fresh Style
Retellings and Translations
Stories of Other Periods and Places
High Fantasy
Summary
Notes
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
Tone
Tone in Charlotte's Web
Humor
Parody
Differing Tastes in Tone
Tone Related to the Author's Choice of Materials
Special Issues of Tone in Children's Literature
Condescension
Sentimentality
Sensationalism
Didacticism
Changing Values
Variety of Tone
Summary
Notes
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
From Rhyme to Poetry
Nursery Rhymes
Literary Elements
Style
Nonsense
Rhythm and Sound
Compactness and Surprise
Poetry
Prose and Poetry
Verse and Poetry
Kinds of Poetry
Rhythm
Sound Patterns
Figurativeness
Compactness
Emotional Intensity
Negative Qualities in Poetry
Summary
Notes
Books Containing Poems Cited in This Chapter
Biography
Biography Defined
The Writer's Obligations
Biography and Fiction
Tone and Style
Concepts and Didacticism
Summary
Notes
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
Informational Books
Nonfiction Defined
Wonder as Motivation
Informational Books
Organization and Scope
Narrative Form
Style
Illustration
Special Issues in Nonfiction in Children's Literature
Tone
Didacticism and Propaganda
Publishing Trends
Summary
Notes
Recommended Books Cited in This Chapter
Children's Book Awards
Selected Children's Magazines
Selected Reviewing Media for Children's Books
Selected Websites about Children's Literature
Glossary of Literary Terms
Credits
Index

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