ERIC Number: ED117660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature.
Lukens, Rebecca J.
This book is designed to introduce students and teachers to the vocabulary of literary analysis so that they may discuss and write about children's literature and make their own evaluations and judgments about books for children. Children's literature should be considered different from adult literature in degree, not kind. Points of similarity and difference are discussed throughout the text. Chapter topics concern a definition of children's literature; revelation of character, unity of character and action, types of characters, and change in character; types of plots, narrative order, conflict, and patterns of action; types and functions of setting; types of themes; point of view; style; and tone. Examples from well known children's literature illustrate points made in the discussion of these topics. Study questions accompanying each chapter ask the student to read specific children's books and to evaluate them using the terms and ideas of the chapter. Also discussed are rhymes and poetry and bias, style, and types of organization in a variety of nonfiction. (MKM)
Descriptors: Books, Childrens Literature, Critical Reading, Elementary Education, Fiction, Literary Criticism, Literature, Literature Appreciation, Nonfiction, Poetry, Teacher Education
Scott, Foresman and Company, College Division, Advertising Department, 1900 East Lake Avenue, Glenview, Illinois 60025 ($4.50 paper)
Publication Type: Books
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