Text-and-picture books for the very young posed an obdurate challenge: These poems can hardly speak to the children of the second half of the 20th century. For any book of interest to adults, publishers constructed a corresponding one scaled to child size. The nonfantastic animal story Lassie Come Homeby Eric Knight, survived adaptation to film and television.
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Interchapters of useful moral conversations between the author and his pupils were a feature of the book. Both are part of the Romantic movement that swept Germany and much of the Continent during the early 19th century.
The Mouse and His Childby Russell Hobanwho had been a successful writer of gentle tales for small children. Others took from him what appealed to them.
It reworks many of the motives of traditional romance and fantasy, including the Quest, but is essentially a structure, conceivably but not inevitably allegorical, of sheer invention on a staggering scale.
Contemporary times If the contemporary wood cannot be seen for the trees, it is in part because the number of trees has grown so great. The standard adventure story too seemed to be dying out, though excellent examples, such as The Cave U.
The Taylor sisters, though adequately moral, struck a new note of sweetness, of humour, at any rate of nonpriggishness. What will be remembered is the work of a few dozen creative writers who applied to literature for children standards as high as those ordinarily applied to mainstream literature.
During these 80 years a vast amount of trash and treacle was produced. Jonathan Edwards put it neatly: Maria Edgeworth may still be read. In the marketplace, however, a uniquely American note was sounded much earlier, the first of the Peter Parley series of Samuel Goodrich having appeared in Just as Des Knaben Wunderhorn became a source of poetry, so the epochal folktale collection of the brothers Grimm helped to develop a school of prose fairy-tale writers.
The fairy tale then began to come into its own, perhaps as a natural reaction to the moral tale. Similarly trailblazing were the semidocumentary novels of Joseph Krumgold: A 19th-century phenomenon—experimentation in the juvenile field by those who normally write for grown-ups—took on a second life after World War II.
Nevertheless such original works as Harriet the Spy and The Long Secretby Louise Fitzhugh, showed how a writer adequately equipped with humour and understanding could incorporate into books for year-olds subjects—even menstruation—ordinarily reserved for adult fiction.
It is typified by that classic for the potentially damned child, A Token for Childrenby James Janeway.Download-Theses Mercredi 10 juin Children's literature - Historical sketches of the major literatures: The English have often confessed a certain reluctance to say good-bye to childhood.
This curious national trait, baffling to their continental neighbours, may lie at the root of their supremacy in children’s literature. Yet it remains a mystery. But, if it cannot be accounted for, it can.
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