ERIC Number: ED236580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Child and the Book; Exceptions and the Rule.
Studies suggesting appropriate literature for children at various stages of social and intellectual development can offer only a general picture of children's changing response to literature. While smaller children appear to prefer shorter stories in simple language, for example, they readily accept the unfamiliar place names or nonsense words of nursery rhymes. As this pleasure in the occasional new word or idea suggests, children move at individual and uneven rates from the known or expected to the new. Although each child's response to the balance of strange and familiar in a book differs, the best children's authors appear to know intuitively how to mix the stimulating and the reassuring, and how to balance conservatism and innovation in language and plot. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Piagetian Stages
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the United Kingdom Reading Association (20th, Oxford, England, July 25-29, 1983). Print is very small and may not reproduce well.