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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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Reynolds, Kimberley – Children's Literature in Education, 2013
Histories of the First World War have regularly implicated children's literature in boys' eagerness to enlist in the first two years of that conflict. While undoubtedly the majority of children's books, comics and magazines did espouse nationalistic, jingoistic and martial attitudes, there were alternative stories and environments. Looking at the…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Culture, War, World History
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Chen, Shih-Wen – Children's Literature in Education, 2013
This paper considers how "knowledge" of China was presented for Victorian and Edwardian children in "The Boy's Own Paper" ("BOP") between 1879 and 1914. It considers how genre affects the representation of China in the "BOP" by comparing travel narratives and adventure stories. First, it focuses on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Childrens Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, Nineteenth Century Literature
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Kawabata, Ariko – Children's Literature in Education, 2001
Focuses on the figure of "the Indian gentleman," a friend of Sara's late father, and who later becomes her surrogate one, to clarify what this most Orientalised Englishman embodies. Notes how examining the plot development from his perspective will make it possible to interpret the "happy" ending as the resolution of racial,…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Characterization, Cultural Differences, Foreign Countries
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Lathey, Gillian – Children's Literature in Education, 2001
Notes that children's perceptions of other cultures are formed, at least in part, by the books they read; yet the potential of children's literature in the United Kingdom as a site for international cultural exchange is limited by a lack of translations and a historical resistance in Britain toward the languages of the European continent. (SG)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Cultural Exchange, Elementary Secondary Education, Fiction
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Desmet, Mieke K. T. – Children's Literature in Education, 2001
Discusses translation from a theoretical viewpoint and takes a closer look at specific translation problems and their solutions in the translations of the "Jolly Postman" books in Dutch. Concludes that only readers fluent in both languages and cultures can understand the particular form of dialogue between the source text and the target…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Cultural Awareness, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries
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Auchmuty, Rosemary – Children's Literature in Education, 2000
Discusses the creation of "The Encyclopaedia of School Stories," a two-volume reference work on the much-loved but much-derided genre of school stories (with their single-sex cast and emphasis on values like honor, loyalty, and playing the game). Describes the origins of the project, and some of the decisions and experiences of the team…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Elementary Secondary Education, Encyclopedias, Foreign Countries
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Clare, Hilary – Children's Literature in Education, 2000
Discusses the difficult and painstaking process of researching the lives of the writers of girls' school stories for "The Encyclopaedia of School Stories," published in the summer 2000. Notes that frequently, very little was known about the authors, and often existing information was inaccurate. Offers details of the encyclopaedia and…
Descriptors: Authors, Biographies, Childrens Literature, Elementary Secondary Education
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Eve, Matthew – Children's Literature in Education, 2000
Provides in full the forward to "Better Little Books" claiming the contents are applicable to the other midget series of illustrated children's books which were published during World War II and are discussed in this article. Discusses how children's book publishers in Britain during and immediately after the war strove to publish the…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Illustrations
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Merrick, Brian – Children's Literature in Education, 1988
Interviews Charles Causley, distinguished contemporary British poet, who talks about his art and his work with children. (SR)
Descriptors: Childhood Interests, Creative Writing, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries
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Hunt, Peter – Children's Literature in Education, 1997
Uses the case of a 1988 children's book called "Abigail at the Beach" to discuss censorship (both visible and invisible) of children's books in Britain. Discusses issues of power, economics and politics, and the status of the Children's Book in a world that is suspicious of it and unsympathetic to it. (SR)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Censorship, Childrens Literature, Economic Factors
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Tucker, Nicholas – Children's Literature in Education, 1999
Claims that although the Harry Potter stories--with their old-fashioned plots, settings, and characterizations--entertain richly, they rarely provoke, question, or inform. Suggests other contemporary writers who are pushing forward are equally exciting. (NH)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Literary Criticism
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Blatchford, Roy – Children's Literature in Education, 1999
Describes the Reading Is Fundamental, UK program. Argues for taking books to children and families in areas where there is little or no book culture. Notes that through free book distributions and accompanying high-quality motivation events, the program has shown that children who choose reading for pleasure are more likely to use reading for…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Reading Attitudes, Reading Improvement
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Marum, Ed – Children's Literature in Education, 1991
Discusses notions of what actually constitutes reading, relating this to the National Curriculum in England and Wales, and to C. King's children's book from 1963, "Stig of the Dump." Considers the broader implications for the value that society places upon the reading process as part of young children's education. (SR)
Descriptors: British National Curriculum, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Literature
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Wray, David; Lewis, Maureen – Children's Literature in Education, 1993
Reports on the findings of a survey of over 450 children (ages 7 through 9) in southwest England exploring aspects of their views about and experience of reading. Provides insight into what children read and what influences their choice of reading and response to reading. (HB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Childrens Literature, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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