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Veldhuizen, Vera Nelleke – Children's Literature in Education, 2021
One of the particularly challenging aspects of children's literature lies in its ethics. The intended audience of children's literature is often perceived to be morally malleable, and particularly vulnerable to narrative strategies. This why it is of high importance to consider the moral contents which children's narratives attempt to communicate…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Ethics, Moral Values, Philosophy
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Daly, Nicola – Children's Literature in Education, 2021
Children's literature has an important role to play in developing knowledge of the world, and learning to understand the feelings of others. A growing body of literature explores the role of dual language picturebooks (parallel, interlingual and simultaneous) in drawing on the linguistic capital of multilingual children in classrooms. There is…
Descriptors: Empathy, Language Acquisition, Language Attitudes, Children
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Yenika-Agbaw, Vivian – Children's Literature in Education, 2021
This article examines the reconstruction of human foibles in picturebook adaptations of three popular Aesop's fables: "The Ants and the Grasshopper", "The Lion and the Mouse", and "The Hare and the Tortoise". Adopting adaptation and globalectics perspectives, the author illustrates how social hierarchy is…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Childrens Literature, Literary Genres, Power Structure
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Osvath, Csaba – Children's Literature in Education, 2021
Picture books are important mediums for transformation and learning. They offer both the tools and the truths for readers to critically engage with important issues, such as the reality of death and dying. The primary purpose of this study is to inspire engaged and deliberate conversations about mortality, dying, and grief in the context of…
Descriptors: Death, Picture Books, Aesthetics, Art
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Seo, Gijae – Children's Literature in Education, 2021
The Japanese people's understanding of the Fifteen Years War (1931-1945) is still problematic. The problem of the war was commonly solved by transferring responsibility for the war to an obscure subject called the State, and by offering financial compensation to those who were directly affected. However, there has been no in-depth discussion of…
Descriptors: Attitudes, War, Asian History, Foreign Countries
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Toliver, S. R. – Children's Literature in Education, 2021
Afrofuturism often acts as an experiential portal that guides readers to reflect on the current state of the world, to hypothesize about the trajectory of society, and to challenge any possible future that continues the subjugation of Black people. As a genre that is concerned with the elevation and liberation of Black people, Afrofuturism aligns…
Descriptors: Afrocentrism, Futures (of Society), Freedom, Realism
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Manderstedt, Lena; Palo, Annbritt; Kokkola, Lydia – Children's Literature in Education, 2021
This article highlights cultural appropriation in the literary representation of the Sámi (the indigenous people of the European Arctic) in two Swedish YA series: the "Soppero" quartet by the Sámi author Ann-Helén Laestadius, and the "Idijärvi" trilogy by Charlotte Cederlund, a non-Sámi writer. Despite their different origins,…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Adolescent Literature, Foreign Countries, Authors
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Caldwell, Elizabeth F.; Falcus, Sarah; Sako, Katsura – Children's Literature in Education, 2021
It is estimated that a third of children know someone living with dementia, and there are now many picturebooks for young children that help to explain the changes dementia can bring to family life. Despite their number, there has been little examination of what these books communicate about health and illness. To address this, the current study…
Descriptors: Dementia, Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Health
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Layfield, Allison – Children's Literature in Education, 2021
During the 1980s and 1990s, the multicultural education movement in the United States aimed to educate diverse students about a diverse United States. While the effects of multicultural education are often discussed in terms of its curriculum and effects on students, the movement's effects on the publishing system have been overlooked. This…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Diversity, Correlation, Activism
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Mackey, Margaret – Children's Literature in Education, 2021
This article presents a small case study of two childhood readers of Enid Blyton's Famous Five series, who meet in a research project devoted to a different but related topic. One is Indian by birth and background, the other, Canadian. Their experience of this series is separated by distance (many thousands of miles), time of reading (nearly fifty…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Reader Response, Fiction, Memory
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You, Chengcheng – Children's Literature in Education, 2021
The study focuses on the necessity of an anthropomorphic approach in deconstructing the symbolic understandings of animals in children's literature, and considers how such an approach can be used to draw ethical attention to the unnatural history of animals in the Anthropocene. The paper analyses three children's novels that depict animals without…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Symbolic Language, Literary Styles, Animals
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Sun, Lina – Children's Literature in Education, 2021
This study offers a critical content analysis of thirty-six contemporary realistic picturebooks featuring transracial Chinese adoption. The theoretical framework of critical literacy highlights significant sociocultural implications of these portrayals: in particular, negative stereotypes and ideologies, in an attempt to call for inclusivity and…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Adoption, Racial Differences, Asians
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Zarebski, Tomasz – Children's Literature in Education, 2021
The article is mainly concerned with philosophical interpretations of Astrid Lindgren's Karlson books. Inspired by Gaare and Sjaastad's reading of Pippi Longstocking, the article discusses the philosophical ideas embedded in Lindgren's books about Pippi Longstocking, stressing, in particular, Lindgren's implicit critique of Western culture. Next,…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Philosophy, Literary Criticism, Language Usage
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Wistisen, Lydia – Children's Literature in Education, 2021
This article argues that emotions are utilized for norm breaking, identity formation, and socialization in S.E. Hinton's YA novel "The Outsiders" (1967). Drawing on the history of emotions studies, it investigates how emotional expressions are utilized to negotiate and contest given emotional norms on the one hand, and Young Adult…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Young Adults, Reader Response, Emotional Response
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Hoiem, Elizabeth Massa – Children's Literature in Education, 2021
This paper analyzes "production stories," a genre of information literature and media responsible for teaching children how everyday things are made. As nineteenth-century families increasingly consumed tropical commodities produced by slave labor, including sugar, tea, coffee, rum, and tobacco, the production story developed in Britain…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Race, Slavery, Manufacturing
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