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ERIC Number: ED163418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Tragic Themes in Children's Books: How Universal Themes of Death and Deprivation are Dealt with in Children's Books Today.
McClenathan, DayAnn
Thirteen children's books with tragic themes are discussed in this paper. The introductory section offers definitions of tragedy and melodrama and discusses the issue of the appropriateness of tragic themes in children's stories. Six books are then discussed in which child characters must try to deal with the death of a sibling, a parent, grandparent, or a friend; all the books are said to end with an affirmation of life. The remaining seven books that are examined encompass themes involving dissatisfaction with a character's life as it exists, due to such circumstances as the sadness of an aged grandparent, the abandonment of a friend by her mother, abandonment by one's own father, physical handicaps, and classmates' cruelty. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association World Congress on Reading (7th, Hamburg, West Germany, August 1-3. 1978)