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Pullinger, Debbie – Children's Literature in Education, 2019
In Hollindale's "Signs of Childness in Children's Books" (1997), the idea that adulthood is continuous with childhood co-exists with the idea that it is forever separated. Far from being self-contradictory, this reflects the complex reality represented within children's literature. Focusing on the case of children's poetry, in which the…
Descriptors: Adults, Children, Books, Childrens Literature
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Tandoi, Eve – Children's Literature in Education, 2019
This article reflects on insights gained from a larger study that explored how a class of ten- and eleven-year-olds read and responded to David Almond's hybrid novel, "My Name is Mina." Through focusing on the children's performances of the poems contained within the text, the discussion examines embodied aspects of the children's…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Novels, Reader Response, Performance
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Nikolajeva, Maria – Children's Literature in Education, 2019
This article considers alternatives to the established constructivist approaches to children's literature, exploring instead the potential of two relatively recent areas of inquiry, cognitive poetics and evolutionary literary criticism. The article questions the assumption, implied if not directly expressed by Peter Hollindale in "Signs of…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Neurosciences, Constructivism (Learning), Poetry
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Kokkola, Lydia – Children's Literature in Education, 2019
This paper draws on two forms of cognitive studies to examine how a minority language literature cultivates feelings of in-group belonging. The minority in focus are the Tornedalingar: Swedish nationals who live near the Torne River which marks the border with Finland. The official language of the Tornedalingar is "Meänkieli" which…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Childrens Literature, Official Languages, Cultural Influences
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Tulloch, Bonnie J. – Children's Literature in Education, 2019
This article explores how adult writers of children's literature are implicitly positioned as translators between "adult" and "child" culture. Adopting the lens of metaphor theory, it traces the conceptual correspondence between adult metaphors of childhood (e.g., the child-savage analogy) and the metaphor of the adult…
Descriptors: Authors, Childrens Literature, Figurative Language, Children
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Park, Mee Ryoung – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
This paper examines the domestication of children literature through the comparative study of two translations of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Vladimir Nabokov and Boris Zakhoder. "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" has a reputation for being difficult to translate into foreign languages due to its strong linguistic…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Translation, Childrens Literature, Fiction
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Shen, Lisa Chu – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
Modern children's literature in China has largely been dominated by narratives of the nation and nationalism. The present article sets out to question the dominance of that nationalist stance as the country transitioned into the modern era in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By examining poetic children's literature, the author…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Authors, Nationalism, Social Change
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Gordon Ginzburg, Etti – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
This essay suggests a queer reading of the poem "My Japanese Fan" by American children's writer Laura Richards. Published in 1890, the poem stands out as conspicuously queer even today. While describing a Japanese figure of ambiguous gender, the poem outlines for its young readers terms for defining sexual identity that lie outside…
Descriptors: Poetry, Childrens Literature, Gender Issues, Sexual Identity
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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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Pullinger, Debbie – Children's Literature in Education, 2015
Amongst the wide variety of poetic forms found across children's poetry, the list is strikingly prevalent. Drawing on Umberto Eco's theory of lists, the article examines how the poetic list plays out in the work of a number of children's poets, distinguishing four sub-categories, each of which operates in a slightly different way. After a brief…
Descriptors: Poetry, Childrens Literature, Literary Genres, Poets
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Lockwood, Michael – Children's Literature in Education, 2014
This article looks at how four British-based poets born in the Caribbean exploit the rich language repertoire available to them in their work for children and young people. Following initial consideration of questions of definition and terminology, poetry collections by James Berry, John Agard, Grace Nichols and Valerie Bloom are discussed, with a…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Poetry, Language Variation, Creoles
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Kesler, Ted – Children's Literature in Education, 2012
An increasingly prevalent and accessible form of hybrid nonfiction picture books blends factual information with poetry or poetic devices to create literary nonfiction. This important form of hybrid text has been sparsely examined. This article addresses three questions about poetic nonfiction picture books: first, how might we categorize picture…
Descriptors: Reading, Poetry, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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Randall, Don – Children's Literature in Education, 2010
Robert Louis Stevenson's poem "Foreign Children," Rudyard Kipling's poem "We and They," and Frances Temple's youth novel "The Beduins' Gazelle" are the texts submitted to detailed analysis in this article, which examines cross-cultural perspectives in relation to imperial and post-imperial social contexts. Stevenson is shown to portray the basic…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Poetry
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Lockwood, Michael – Children's Literature in Education, 2009
This article looks at how Ted Hughes' poetry for children developed over more than 30 years of publication. It traces the movement from his earlier, more conventional rhyming poems, such as "Meet My Folks!" (1961) and "Nessie the Mannerless Monster" (1964), to the mature, free verse "animal poems" for older readers of "Season Songs" (1976c),…
Descriptors: Poets, Attitude Change, Poetry, Rhyme
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Benton, Michael; Benton, Peter – Children's Literature in Education, 2008
The "Touchstones" series of poetry anthologies was first published in the UK between 1968 and 1972 in five volumes. Over a million copies and three revisions later, "Touchstones Now 11-14" appeared in the summer of 2008. Few, if any, books for the classroom can claim such longevity. In this article, the compilers of the…
Descriptors: Anthologies, Poetry, Childrens Literature, Politics of Education
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