ERIC Number: ED448458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May-1
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Is It German? Is It French? Is It Dutch? Trends in Translated Children's Books from Other Languages into English, 1990-1995.
White, Maureen; Link, Susan
A study analyzed successful translated children's books in terms of common characteristics, patterns and trends. Data were obtained and analyzed in terms of original languages, genres, subjects, formats, illustrators, authors, publishers, and translators. Plans are to replicate this study in the future, but questions to be addressed at this juncture include: What languages are represented in the identified translated children's books? What are the genres of these books? What concentrations of subject areas are observed? and What possible trends are seen in the collected data from the identified books? Books used in the study were reviewed in major journals and published between 1990-1995. Languages (n=25) represented ranged from Afrikaans to Yiddish in the 308 translated books. Major languages of translation were German, French, Swedish, and Japanese. Books from these languages represented 67% of the total identified translations. Genres most frequently identified in the selected books were fiction, information books, and fairy tale and folklore literature. Popular subject areas were: animals, family life, friendship, and folk tales. The following trends were noted: (1) an increase in publication of translated picture books; (2) an increase in publication of Japanese translations; (3) an unusual increase in translated poetry books in 1992; (4) an increase in information books in series, especially from French; and (5) an increase in the number of books published in unusual formats. (Contains 4 tables and 14 references; cites 6 children's books.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Cross Cultural Studies, Literary Genres, Publishing Industry, Reading Materials, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Emporia State Univ., KS. School of Library and Information Management.
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