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Süner, Ahmet – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
While John Tenniel's illustrations to Lewis Carroll's Alice books are nearly as famous as the books themselves, the question of whether these illustrations contribute to or compromise the effects produced by the written text has rarely been explored. In this paper, it is argued that the status of the illustrations is problematic unless the actual…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Illustrations, Reading Processes, Animals
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D'Amico, LuElla – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
This article examines Martha Finley's immensely popular, postbellum Elsie Dinsmore series. As a teacher, Finley was concerned with the best methodology to educate young American women, a topic much debated in the nineteenth century because of the proliferation of conduct books like the Elsie series and the simultaneous advent of common schools.…
Descriptors: Womens Education, Childrens Literature, Moral Values, Novels
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Germaine Buckley, Chloé – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
This paper reads the U.K. Government's "fundamental British values" project alongside two children's Gothic novels, "Coram Boy" (2000) by Jamila Gavin and "City of Ghosts" (2009) by Bali Rai. In 2011 the U.K. Government outlined what it described as "fundamental British values" (FBV), making it a requirement…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nationalism, Social Values, Childrens Literature
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Rudd, David – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
This article reconsiders Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" 50 years after its initial UK publication, and over a hundred years since Dahl's birth. It suggests that the book has often been misinterpreted, in that the work is more critical of modern capitalism than is often recognised, capturing a post-World War II shift in…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Novels, Misconceptions, Psychiatry
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Stening, Rowena Y. Z.; Stening, Bruce W. – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
While there has been a multitude of studies of "Harry Potter" since its first appearance, including studies analyzing individual characters, social classes in the wizarding world, and a number that examine the "'Harry Potter' phenomenon" as a whole, there are none that systematically analyze and compare the characters in terms…
Descriptors: Cultural Background, Literary Devices, Fiction, Novels
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Rudd, David – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
This article explores the two film adaptations of Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory": Mel Stuart's 1971 "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and Tim Burton's ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," Warner Bros., Burbank, CA, 2005). It champions Robert Stam's approach to adaptation, which looks at the…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Authors, Films, Models
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Yoon, Sarah – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
This article argues that food acts and eating in the nineteenth century children's novel "The Coral Island" (1858) reveal adult socializing intentions in the context of an expanding British Empire. Written during a transitional historical moment, R. M. Ballantyne's "The Coral Island" communicates to middle- and upper-class…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Power Structure, Foreign Countries, Food
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Gomez-Najarro, Joyce – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
In delivering instruction aligned with the Common Core State Standards, many teachers are utilizing the accompanying book exemplars. While prior studies have revealed the importance of selecting texts that represent diverse characters, few studies have examined the extent to which the book exemplars reflect this trend. In this paper, an…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Books, Reading Material Selection, Childrens Literature
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Ahn, Somi – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
This article is concerned with Edith Nesbit's literary representation of national regeneration through a very early stage of life, childhood, in "The Story of the Amulet" (1906). For the purpose of scrutinizing how children's literature imagines regeneration in Edwardian England, I discuss the cult of nostalgia and childhood in Edwardian…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Travel, Time, History
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García-González, Macarena – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
This article analyses texts intended for child audiences--picturebooks, a poetry book, and a film--that deal with the Chilean dictatorship (1973-1990). The memorialization practices within children's media appear to be modelled on the difficulties of finding a national consensus regarding the events that transpired during the dictatorship and the…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Poetry, Films
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Blackford, Holly; Lockhart, Anna – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
This essay deploys an animal studies, posthumanist approach to Laura's identification with Jack and horses throughout the "Little House" series. Part wolf and partly domesticated, Jack mediates the impossible longings within Laura to be free and yet under control--to be independent yet maintain the approval of her parents, especially her…
Descriptors: Animals, Novels, Childrens Literature, Identification (Psychology)
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Bi, Lijun; Fang, Xiangshu – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
This paper examines the changing presentation of teachers in the post-Mao era. The image of teachers was almost sacred in traditional Confucian society until Mao Zedong launched China's Cultural Revolution in 1966, when children were encouraged to use the pretext of class struggle to critique and even to attack their teachers. As such, restoring…
Descriptors: Chinese, Childrens Literature, Moral Development, Asian Culture
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Huang, Hui-Ling – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
This article explores a narrative approach adopted by three Taiwanese children's books that feature old trees as storytellers and memory-keepers to address aspects of emotional and psychological adaptation when facing drastic life changes. Although these stories are told from the perspective of old trees, the nostalgic tone serves a specific…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Memory, Foreign Countries, Forestry
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Serafini, Frank; Reid, Stephanie F. – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
The use of metafictive devices in children's literature, in particular contemporary picturebooks, has been explored by numerous scholars working from different theoretical and disciplinary backgrounds. In particular, metafiction is often described as oppositional to traditional children's literature which often produces stable, knowable, readable…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Childrens Literature, Fiction, Content Analysis
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Deszcz-Tryhubczak, Justyna – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
This article employs the theory of social minds proposed by Alan Palmer ("Social Minds in the Novel," 2010) to argue for the emergence of a group-based thinking, feeling, and acting focused on reforming the status quo, using David Whitley's Agora trilogy (2009--2013) as an example of Radical Fantasy. This particular subgenre of fantasy…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Social Change, Fantasy, Groups
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