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ERIC Number: ED101371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Death in Current Children's Fiction: Sociology or Literature.
Apseloff, Marilyn
The mass production of books dealing with hitherto taboo subjects for children, such as drug use, divorce, illegitimacy, and death, is a growing trend in children's literature. This paper attempts to demonstrate the inherent difficulties in judging such books critically through a discussion of the handling of death in current children's fiction. Four books are examined for the sociological and psychological attitudes they take toward death as well as their literary value in terms of style, plot, and characterization: (1) "Annie and the Old One" by Miska Miles (for children six to eight); "The Magic Moth" by Virginia Lee (for children eight to ten); (3) "A Taste of Blackberries" by Doris Buchanan Smith (for children eight to eleven); and (4) "Grover" by Vera and Bill Cleaver (for children ten to thirteen). This paper concludes that all of the books discussed, with the exception of "The Magic Moth," are commendable works, combining both quality and relevancy. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Forum on the Criticism of Children's Literature of the Midwest Modern Language Association (St. Louis, November, 1974)