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{Read Pdf} Ò Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter ï Ever Since Children Have Learned To Read, There Has Been Children S Literature Children S Literature Charts The Makings Of The Western Literary Imagination From Aesop S Fables To Mother Goose, From Alice S Adventures In Wonderland To Peter Pan, From Where The Wild Things Are To Harry PotterThe Only Single Volume Work To Capture The Rich And Diverse History Of Children 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 Children 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 If you are interested in a philosophical discussion of paradigm shifts in children s literature from the Greco Roman era to present day, this is the book for you Lerer s work is scholarly and rich The connections he makes between ideology and children s literature are fascinating I particularly enjoyed the discussion of the influence of Darwin on the likes of Dr Suess and Dadaists theoretically, one could imagine that any creature could evolve I don t think I would use this book in a course on Children s Lit at an undergrad level, but it is very interesting to consider the nature of children s literature before it was thus classified The Epilogue resonates, as Lerer is quite clearly fond of words and books Final analysis Children s Literature is not for the faint of heart. I chose this book for my Social History of Children s Literature class based on the first few chapters, which did a great job of exposing some of the pre 17th century roots of children s reading Even there, his rather idiosyncratic approach to children s books they are all about reading and writing duh , which reflects his background as a philologist.As we got further into the book, though, it was clear that he had has a profound ignorance of large swaths of children s literature and of children s literature criticism another guy coming in from outside to show the world how important kids books are without realizing that there are those of us who spend our whole careers doing that.By the time we get to the 20th century, the superficiality of his analysis of some of the texts is astounding, and his discomfort with children s books shows in the proportion of the text that is devoted to discussing writing for adults rather than for children.Read the early chapters and skip the rest. A very readable book that I used in my History of Children s Literature grad class I enjoyed the historical aspect and how societal changes has affected how books are written and read today. So, this book probably would have been much better from the start if it hadn t called itself a history of children s literature Really, it s a history of pedagogy and child development using literature as somewhat of a thread At times he some interesting things to say, and I did appreciate the general information about eras and themes and all that, but it was so jumbly and missing so much stuff that it was ultimately a lot of nothing Too bad Onto another book.