Ever since children have learned to read, there has been childrenâ€™s literature. Childrenâ€™s Literature charts the makings of the Western literary imagination from Aesopâ€™s fables to Mother Goose, from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Peter Pan, from Where the Wild Things Are to Harry Potter.
The only single-volume work to capture the rich and diverse history of childrenâ€™s literature in its full panorama, this extraordinary book reveals why J. R. R. Tolkien, Dr. Seuss, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Beatrix Potter, and many others, despite their divergent styles and subject matter, have all resonated with generations of readers. Childrenâ€™s Literature is an exhilarating quest across centuries, continents, and genres to discover how, and why, we first fall in love with the written word.
â€œLerer has accomplished something magical. Unlike the many handbooks to childrenâ€™s literature that synopsize, evaluate, or otherwise guide adults in the selection of materials for children, this work presents a true critical history of the genre. . . . Scholarly, erudite, and all but exhaustive, it is also entertaining and accessible. Lerer takes his subject seriously without making it dull.â€â€”Library Journal (starred review)
â€œLererâ€™s history reminds us of the wealth of literature written during the past 2,600 years. . . . With his vast and multidimensional knowledge of literature, he underscores the vital role it plays in forming a childâ€™s imagination. We are made, he suggests, by the books we read.â€â€”San Francisco Chronicle
â€œThere are dazzling chapters on John Locke and Empire, and nonsense, and Darwin, but Lererâ€™s most interesting chapter focuses on girlsâ€™ fiction. . . . A brilliant series of readings.â€â€”Diane Purkiss, Times Literary Supplement
Author : Seth Lerer
ISBN : 0226473015
Language : English
No of Pages : 400
Publication Date : 9/1/2009
Format/Binding : Paperback
Book dimensions : 8.9x6x1
Book weight : 0.01
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