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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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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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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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López-Ropero, Lourdes – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
New developments in the field of youth studies are calling for a reorientation of discourses of adolescence away from developmental tropes of transition, crisis, and dysfunction, and towards a more fluid sociocultural framework. Meg Rosoff's acclaimed novel "How I Live Now" (2004) achieves a balance that transcends the pitfalls of…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Developmental Stages, Adolescent Development, Literary Devices
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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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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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You, Chengcheng – Children's Literature in Education, 2019
In the social context of China's rural-urban migration, a varied set of forces has increasingly challenged the conventional assumptions used to underpin the notion of home as a space fixed in geography and one's lineage. This essay calls into question the essentialist values associated with home, and explores new realities and representations of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Childrens Literature, Homeless People, Correlation
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Park, Mee Ryoung – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
This paper examines the domestication of children literature through the comparative study of two translations of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Vladimir Nabokov and Boris Zakhoder. "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" has a reputation for being difficult to translate into foreign languages due to its strong linguistic…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Translation, Childrens Literature, Fiction
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Pond, Julia – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
Adolescent literature often seeks to examine the emotional, psychological, and physical growth of adolescents. Psychologists, sociologists, and childhood studies experts have all claimed the importance of adolescence as a time of identity formation. Erik Erikson provides an apt term for this important phase in an individual's life: moratorium,…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Adolescent Development, Self Concept, Developmental Stages
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Giovanelli, Marcello – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book" (2009) charts the story of Nobody Owens, a boy who is adopted by supernatural entities in the local graveyard after his family is murdered. This article draws on the notion of the "construed reader," and combines two cognitive stylistic frameworks to analyse the opening section of the novel.…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Adoption, Family Environment, Literary Devices
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Bell, Katherine – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
Novels from the "Dear Canada" series of historic fiction, published by Scholastic Canada, currently populate the shelves of school classrooms and libraries across Canada. This study explores two "Dear Canada" novels that chronicle significant moments in Atlantic Canadian history: Janet McNaughton's novel (Flame and ashes: The…
Descriptors: Females, Fiction, Childrens Literature, History
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Ciocia, Stefania – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
The early reception of D.B.C. Pierre's "Vernon God Little" (2003) has been characterized by comparisons with two canonical literary antecedents: J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" (1991/1951) and, at a greater remove, Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1884). The three novels capitalize on the…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Novels, Adolescents, Narration
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Palmer, Amy – Children's Literature in Education, 2017
This article analyses plays written for child performers in the early twentieth century. The plays chosen are classified as "instructional" and aimed at developing pupils' knowledge of the curriculum. The focus is on understanding why these plays were useful for Froebelian educators in the period. Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852) was a…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Environmental Education, Drama, European History
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Naydenova, Natalia – Children's Literature in Education, 2017
The article is a comparative analysis of three films focusing on anti-religious and religious propaganda (targeting both Orthodoxy and sectarianism) and featuring children among the main characters: "The Miracle Worker" (1960), "Armageddon" (1962) and "Serafima's Extraordinary Journey" (2015). The three films feature…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Films, Propaganda, Religion
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