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Only Connect Readings on Children's Literature

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ISBN-10: 0195410246

ISBN-13: 9780195410242

Edition: 3rd 1996 (Revised)

Authors: Sheila A. Egoff, Gordon Stubbs, Ralph Ashley, Wendy Sutton

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First published in 1969, Only Connect is widely accepted as an essential volume for everyone concerned with children's and young adults' literature. This new edition offers a new selection of more than 40 essays and brief studies on history and criticism, literary standards, changing tastes, science fiction, young adult literature, fantasy, the problem novel, racism, and sexism. None of the articles have been featured in either of the previous two editions. Among the essayists are Joan Aiken, Margaret Mahy, P.L. Travers, Perry Nodelman, Brian Attebery, John Rowe Townsend, Myra Cohn Livingston, Peter Hunt, and Jane Yolen. Its assembled learning, common sense, and wit are certain to help…    
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Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/18/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 428
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

<p Sheila Egoff discovered the public library in her hometown of Galt, Ontario, at age eight, more than eighty years ago. Her love of books led to a life devoted to the promotion of children's literature and librarianship. Sheila was the first curator of the famous Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, which she was also partly responsible for bringing to Canada. In 1962, she moved west to help set up the library school at the University of British Columbia. Many of today's children's librarians credit Sheila with instilling in them a philosophy of librarianship that values literary quality and bringing books to each and every child. Sheila is the author of several important…    

Wendy Sutton, professor emerita, taught both elementary and secondary school before joining the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. A well-respected presenter at conferences in Canada, the US and Great Britain, Wendy Sutton chaired many major committees as a member of the National Council of Teachers of English and contributed regularly to language arts journals. Still active at the university, she is now retired and serves as a language arts/children's literature consultant. <br <br

Preface to the Third Edition
Part I
Defining Children's Literature
Critical Opinion: Reading Children's Books
Protecting Children's Literature
The Imaginative Uses of Secrecy in Children's Literature
An Eye for Thresholds
Interpreting the Past: Reflections of an Historical Novelist
Progressive Utopia, Or, How to Grow Up Without Growing Up
Alice, Huck, Pinnochio, and the Blue Fairy: Bodies Real and Imagined
Of Style and the Stylist
Fin de Siecle
Part II
Runes to Ward Off Sorrow: Rhetoric of the English Nursery Rhyme
Woods and Castles, Towers and Huts: Aspects of Setting in the Fairy Tale
Unknown Childhood
A Dissolving Ghost
Deeper Than You Think
Part III
Turtles All the Way Down
Some Presumptuous Generalizations About Fantasy
Fantasy: Why Kids Read It, Why Kids Need It
Dr Seuss and Dr Einstein: Children's Books and Scientific Imagination
Part IV
Science Fiction as Myth and Metaphor
Let There Be Dragons
What is it About Science Fiction?
Part V
The Poem On Page 81
Strict and Loose Nonsense: Two Worlds of Children's Verse
Part VI
What is a Picture Book?
How Picture Books Work
Black and White Set the Tone
The Construction of Texts: Picture Books and the Metafictive
Part VII
The Absent Mother: Women Against Women in Old Wives' Tales
Women's Coming of Age in Fantasy
Fathers Fare Poorly in Children's Books
Innocence and Experience in the Young Adult Romance
The Adolescent Novel of Ideas
Part IX
The Turbulent Years
Trends in Children's Books Today
Cultural Politics from a Writer's Point of View
There Was Once
The Lion, The Witch, and The Drug Addict
Greening the Child
Abandonment: The New Realism of the Eighties
Taking Political Stock: New Theoretical and Critical Approaches to Anglo-American Children's Literature in the 1980s
Epilogue: Some Thoughts on Conecting
Notes on Contributors
Selected Bibliography