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de Bruijn, Annette – Children's Literature in Education, 2019
In multi- or intercultural educational contexts, folktales from around the world are often approached as representative of diverse cultures and used to transmit knowledge and understanding of the literary, social and cultural heritage of those cultures to children. In this article, I present contemporary critical literary, folklore and cultural…
Descriptors: Folk Culture, Critical Literacy, Cultural Differences, Multicultural Education
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van Rij, Vivien – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Between 1961 and 1984 the renowned New Zealand writer, Margaret Mahy, wrote over seventy-five pieces for the "School Journal" (a graded reading book provided free to New Zealand primary schools since its inception in 1907). It was a liberal humanist period in New Zealand education during which the 1940s' and 1950s' rolling reforms…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Childrens Literature, Authors, Educational History
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McNair, Jonda C. – Children's Literature in Education, 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine how the social practices of African American families--with children in grades K-2--changed as a result of participating in a family literacy program utilizing African American children's literature. The families were exposed, through a series of workshops, to an abundance of children's literature…
Descriptors: African American Literature, Childrens Literature, Parents, Children
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Smith-D'Arezzo, Wendy M.; Thompson, Susan – Children's Literature in Education, 2006
Numerous children face abuse at home and in the workplace. These situations of domestic and societal abuse are found depicted in children's books for younger and younger ages. This manuscript examines books in several genres, both fiction and non-fiction. The books are analyzed for the quality of the writing, the depiction of an authentic story,…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Childrens Literature, Child Abuse, Anxiety