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Dallacqua, Ashley K. – Children's Literature in Education, 2019
Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and Nathan Hale's graphic novel set "Rapunzel's Revenge" (2008) and "Calamity Jack" (2010) features fractured fairy tales that takeĀ up the issue of 'the damsel in distress,' questioning and complicating traditional gender roles in fairy tales. Throughout both graphic novels Rapunzel's character…
Descriptors: Fairy Tales, Grade 7, Novels, Cartoons
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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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Martinez, Miriam; Stier, Catherine; Falcon, Lori – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
While scholars have recognized the meaning making potential offered by the peritext of picturebooks, there has previously been only limited research on the nature of peritextual features. This content analysis focused on the ways in which various peritextual features (dust jackets, beginning endpapers, illustrations before title page, title pages,…
Descriptors: Investigations, Content Analysis, Picture Books, Literary Criticism
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Guanio-Uluru, Lykke – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series (2005-2008) and Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" series (2008-2010) have been hugely successful and influential texts, both as best-selling literary works and as action movie franchises. (To avoid confusion, "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games" in this essay refer to the…
Descriptors: Females, Masculinity, Gender Issues, Gender Differences
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Torres, Heidi J. – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
There are few empirical studies that examine the depiction of Muslims in children's literature. Given the influence of US media on perspectives of Muslims (Jackson, 2010), and the pervasive use of children's literature in American schools, it is important to investigate what viewpoints about Islam are being communicated to children through these…
Descriptors: Muslims, Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Islam
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Hardstaff, Sarah – Children's Literature in Education, 2015
This paper considers the issue of child agency in Mildred D. Taylor's 1976 novel "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" using a critical corpus linguistics framework based on Halliday's systemic functional linguistics. The novel has long received praise for its portrayal of child agency in a hostile racist society as well as its depiction of a…
Descriptors: Literary Devices, Childrens Literature, Individual Power, Racial Discrimination
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Pope, James; Round, Julia – Children's Literature in Education, 2015
The paper presents findings from a reader response study conducted in February 2013 with 150 children aged 7-11 in which they discussed extracts and clips from Roald Dahl's "Matilda" (1988) and its cinematic adaptation (1996). Dahl and "Matilda" were chosen because they provoke emphatic responses from adults, often commenting…
Descriptors: Reader Response, Childrens Literature, Films, Children
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Lushchevska, Oksana – Children's Literature in Education, 2014
Viewing Tolstoy's works from psychological and intellectual perspectives demonstrates his approach to children's literacy and especially the development of reasoning, which he presents in his writing for children and the stories he includes in his "New ABC" book (1875a) and four "Readers" (1875b). This article…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Educational Philosophy, Child Development, Didacticism
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Beauvais, Clementine – Children's Literature in Education, 2013
This article takes as its starting point the concept of aetonormativity (the adult normativity germane to the discourse of children's literature), coined by Maria Nikolajeva (2010) in an attempt to unify the increasingly power-oriented theories of children's literature criticism within the past few decades. Acknowledging the usefulness of this…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Power Structure, Social Behavior, Behavior Standards
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Hoffman, A. Robin – Children's Literature in Education, 2010
Situated at the intersections of ethnography, childhood studies, literary studies, and education research, this reception study seeks to access real children's responses to a particular text, and to offer empirical description of actual reading experiences. Survey data is generated by taking advantage of an online resource: an archive of…
Descriptors: Fantasy, Reader Response, Ethnography, Book Reviews
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Hodges, Gabrielle Cliff; Nikolajeva, Maria; Taylor, Liz – Children's Literature in Education, 2010
The paper discusses the children's novel "Gaffer Samson's Luck (1984)," by Jill Paton Walsh, from three different perspectives; those of a cultural geographer, a literary scholar and an English teacher. It is part of a larger research project on children's perception of their place-related identities through reading and writing. The novel is used…
Descriptors: Human Geography, Interdisciplinary Approach, English Teachers, Novels
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Trites, Roberta Seelinger – Children's Literature in Education, 1994
Discusses children's pictures termed "visual manifold narratives" (picture books that develop more than one narrative line by including two or more sets of separate pictures on the page). Discusses some uses of the manifold narrative, the reader's role in constructing meaning, subversion of the linear narrative, the metafictionality of manifold…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Ideology
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Crago, Hugh – Children's Literature in Education, 1993
Explores the mystery of why readers choose to read texts. Considers the psychology of reading for pleasure and the figures of speech linking reading with love. Discusses a wide array of books and the reasons that readers have felt such a strong attachment to them. (HB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Elementary Education, Literary Criticism, Literature Appreciation
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Sipe, Lawrence R. – Children's Literature in Education, 1998
Investigates the complexities of reading books that use more than one sign system. Presents a theory of text/picture relations based on "transmediation." Provides an overview of the various ways in which the relationship between the words and pictures in a picture book has been conceptualized. Draws on several theoretical traditions and…
Descriptors: Literary Criticism, Picture Books, Semiotics
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Oswald, Lori Jo – Children's Literature in Education, 1995
Discusses portrayals of animals in children's realistic animal fiction over the course of the 20th century. Shows how the definition of animal hero generally changed from wild animals that were heroic for surviving against all odds to domesticated animals that were heroic for rescuing humans from wild beasts. Discusses animals as victims. (SR)
Descriptors: Animals, Childrens Literature, Content Analysis, Fiction