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Through the eyes of a child : an introduction to children's literature / Donna E. Norton, Saundra E. Norton.

Norton, Donna E. (Author). Norton, Saundra E. (Added Author).


Overview: No text better prepares you for evaluating, choosing, and sharing quality children's literature than Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children's Literature. This streamlined eighth edition continues to provide a visually stunning, theoretically sound, comprehensive overview of children's literature. Sharpened focus on contemporary issues in the field, deepened coverage of biography and informational books, and newly integrated technology give this new edition added relevance in the changing marketplace. In addition, some of the brightest stars of children's literature lend their talents to the new edition, providing insight into the craft and addressing the changing needs of middle grades readers. Evaluating and Sharing: This text will prepare you to appreciate, evaluate, and share children's literature by examining the most important elements of the literature and by addressing the needs and interests of its readers. A full chapter, Chapter 3, is devoted to evaluating and choosing literature for children. Evaluation Criteria boxes in every genre chapter outline exactly what you need to look for in quality literature. Teaching With pages ending every genre chapter share classroom-tested suggestions for using literature in your teaching. Voices from the Field: The hottest topic in children's literature, adolescent literature can be a complex issue. The eighth edition tackles it head on, turning to the pros to find out how to evaluate literature written for readers in grades 4 through 8, and learning how to compel this group of readers at risk of losing interest in reading. New! Jack Gantos discusses the teacher's role in keeping 4th through 8th graders interested in reading. New! Nancy Farmer tells us how she works to engage readers in the middle grades. New! Naomi Shihab Nye talks about the truth in poetry that engages young adolescent readers. New! Joseph Bruchac tells us how we can mentor middle graders into becoming lifelong readers. Through the Eyes of an Author, Through the Eyes of a Child. This two part feature begins with exclusive interviews with some of the creative geniuses that makes children's literature fascinating, then goes on to share a child's response to their work. New! Mo Willems tells us how he generates ideas, then 5-year-old Ruby shares her feelings about Willems's Leonardo the Terrible Monster. New! Susan Guevarra tells us what inspires her art and 9-year-old Hayden responds to her artwork in Chato and the Party Animals. New! Robert Burleigh talks about the poetry of writing children's books, and 4-year-old Eva tells us her favorite things about his new picture book Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep! Listen to the City. New! Joan Bauer talks about inspiration and inspiring others, and 13-year-old Julia responds to Hope Was Here. MyEducationKit integrated into every chapter, this robust online resource offers rich, authentic, interactive opportunities to apply and practice what you learn in the text. Assignments and Activities use video and the Database of Children's Literature to provide you with opportunities to hone your skills for evaluating and sharing quality literature. Study Plan helps you assess mastery of chapter content through multiple choice quizzes that explain why responses to particular items are correct or incorrect. Conversations provide you with podcasts and interviews with acclaimed authors and illustrators sharing secrets of their trade.

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  • ISBN: 013702875X
  • ISBN: 9780137028757
  • Physical Description: xxiv, 610 pages, [4] pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • Edition: 8th ed.
  • Publisher: Boston : Pearson, ©2011.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 531-554) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Special features -- Preface -- 1: Child Responds To Literature: -- Value of literature for children -- Promoting child development through literature: -- Language development -- Cognitive development -- Personality development -- Social development -- Children's responses to literature: -- Factors within readers -- Factors within texts -- Factors within contexts -- Responses -- Analyzing responses -- Role of motivation -- Developing the literature program -- 2: History Of Children's Literature: -- Milestones in the history of children's literature: -- Oral tradition -- Early printed books -- Puritan influence -- John Locke's influence on views of childhood -- Charles Perrault's tales of Mother Goose -- Adventure stories of Defoe and Swift -- Newbery's books for children -- Rousseau's philosophy of natural development -- William Blake's poetry about children -- Fairy tales of Andersen and the Brothers Grimm -- Early illustrators of children's books -- Victorian influence -- Fantasy, adventure, and real people -- Standards for evaluating adolescent literature -- History of censorship -- History of the library -- Children and the family in children's literature: -- Child and the family, 1856-1903 -- Child and the family, 1938-1960 -- Child and the family, 1969-present -- 3: Evaluating And Selecting Literature For Children: -- Standards, literary elements, and book selection: -- Standards for evaluating books and literary criticism -- Standards for evaluating multicultural literature: -- Value of multicultural literature -- Literary criticism: evaluating multicultural literature -- Literary elements: -- Plot -- Characterization -- Setting -- Theme -- Style -- Point of view -- Right book for each child: -- Accessibility -- Readability -- Interest and reader response -- Child as critic -- Teaching with literary elements: -- Involving children in plot -- Involving children in characterization: -- Characterization techniques -- Modeling inferencing -- Involving children in setting: -- Settings that create moods -- Settings that develop antagonists -- Settings that develop historical and geographical backgrounds -- Settings that are symbolic -- Involving children in theme -- Involving children in style: -- Personification -- Pleasing style -- Webbing the literary elements -- Children's literature.
4: Artists And Their Illustrations: -- Understanding artists and their illustrations: -- Evaluating the illustrations in children's books -- Visual elements: grammar of artists -- Line -- Color -- Shape -- Texture -- Design: organizing the visual elements -- Artistic media: -- Lines and washes -- Watercolors, acrylics, pastels, and oils -- Woodcuts -- Collage -- Artistic style: -- Representational art -- Abstract art -- Outstanding illustrators of children's books: -- Barbara Cooney -- Tomie dePaola -- Leo and Diane Dillon -- Ezra Jack Keats -- Robert McCloskey -- Alice and Martin Provensen -- Maurice Sendak -- Chris Van Allsburg -- David Wiesner -- Additional artists -- Teaching with artists and their illustrations: -- Using art education books -- Aesthetic scanning -- Studying inspirations for art -- Investigating the works of great artists -- Multicultural Literature: History of a culture as reflected in art: a multicultural approach -- Using a viewer's response approach -- Children's literature -- 5: Picture Books: -- Book is more than words: -- What a picture book is -- Literary criticism: evaluating picture books -- Mother Goose: -- Appealing characteristics -- Collections -- Books that illustrate one rhyme or tale -- Toy books -- Alphabet books: -- Animal themes -- Other alphabet books -- Counting books -- Concept books -- Wordless books -- Easy-to-read and beginning readers' books -- Picture storybooks: -- Elements in picture storybooks -- Typical characters and situations -- Picture storybooks for middle school students -- Teaching with picture books: -- Sharing Mother Goose -- Sharing wordless books: -- Stimulating cognitive and language development: -- Motivating writing and reading -- Reading to children: -- Choosing the books -- Preparing to read aloud -- Reading itself -- Motivating writing with picture storybooks -- Children's literature -- 6: Traditional Literature: -- Of castle and cottage -- Our traditional literary heritage -- Types of traditional literature: -- Folktales -- Fables -- Myths -- Legends -- Value of traditional literature for children: -- Understanding the world -- Identifying with universal human struggles -- Pleasure -- Authenticating the folklore -- Folklore for adolescents -- Folktales: -- Characteristics -- Motifs -- Multicultural Literature: Folktales from around the world -- Fables: -- Characteristics -- Contemporary editions -- Myths: -- Greek and Roman mythology -- Norse mythology -- Multicultural Literature: Native American myths -- Multicultural Literature: Myths from other cultures -- Legends -- Additional traditional literature with religious themes -- Teaching with traditional literature: -- Telling stories: -- Choosing a story -- Preparing the story for telling -- Sharing the story with an audience -- Encouraging children to be storytellers -- Multicultural Literature: Comparing folktales from different countries -- Motivating writing through traditional tales -- Children's literature.
7: Modern Fantasy: -- Time, space, and place -- Evaluating modern fantasy: -- Suspending disbelief: plot -- Suspending disbelief: characterization -- Creating a world: setting -- Universality: themes -- Suspending disbelief: point of view -- Bridges between traditional and modern fantasy: -- Literary folktales -- Religious and ethical allegory -- Mythical quests and conflicts -- Categories of modern fantasy: -- Articulate animals -- Toys -- Preposterous characters and situations -- Strange and curious worlds -- Little people -- Spirits friendly and frightening -- Time warps -- Science fiction -- Modern fantasy and science fiction for adolescents -- Voices from the field / Nancy Farmer -- Teaching with modern fantasy: -- Helping children recognize, understand, and enjoy elements in fantasy -- Interpreting modern fantasy by identifying plot structures -- Involving children with science fiction: -- Interdisciplinary studies: interaction between social studies and science fiction -- Unit plan for Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time: -- Oral discussion -- Artwork -- Creative dramatization -- Analytical reading of Nancy Farmer's The House of the Scorpion -- Children's literature -- 8: Poetry: -- Rhythmic patterns of language: -- Value of poetry for children -- What poetry is -- Characteristics of poems that children prefer -- Criteria for selecting poetry for children -- Elements of poetry: -- Rhythm -- Rhyme and other sound patterns -- Repetition -- Imagery -- Shape -- Forms of poetry: -- Lyric poetry -- Narrative poetry -- Ballads -- Limericks -- Concrete poems -- Haiku -- Sijo -- Poems and poets: -- Nonsense and humor: poems for starting out right -- Nature poems -- Animals -- Science -- Characters, situations, and locations -- Moods and feelings -- Multicultural Literature: Many voices -- Voices from the field / Naomi Shihad Nye -- Poetry for adolescents -- Novels in verse -- Teaching with poetry: -- Listening to poetry -- Dramatizing poetry -- Developing choral speaking: -- Refrain arrangement -- Antiphonal, or dialogue, arrangement -- Cumulative arrangement -- Choosing poetry to accompany content: -- Writing poetry: -- Motivations -- Oral exchanges of ideas -- Transcriptions -- Sharing -- Poetry writing exercises -- Children's literature -- 9: Contemporary Realistic Fiction: -- Window on the world -- What contemporary realistic fiction is -- Value of realistic fiction -- Literary elements-evaluating realistic fiction: -- Plot -- Characterization -- Theme -- Style -- How realistic fiction has changed -- Literary Criticism: New realism and the problem novel -- Controversial issues: -- Sexism -- Sexuality -- Violence -- Profanity -- Family problems and other controversial issues -- Literary Criticism: Guidelines for selecting controversial fiction -- Subjects in realistic fiction: -- Family life -- Growing up -- Survival -- Death -- People as individuals, not stereotypes -- Multicultural Literature: Multicultural topics in realistic fiction -- Animal stories, mysteries, sports stories, and humor: -- Animals -- Mysteries -- Sports -- Humor -- Contemporary realistic fiction for adolescents: -- Voices from the field / Joan Bauer -- Teaching with realistic fiction: -- Using role playing -- Using survival stories to motivate reading and interaction with literature: -- Interdisciplinary unit: island survival -- Developing questioning strategies: -- Literal recognition -- Inference -- Evaluation -- Appreciation -- Children's literature.
10: Historical Fiction: -- People and the past come alive: -- Value of historical fiction for children -- Literary Criticism: Using literary elements to evaluate historical fiction: -- Plot -- Characterization -- Setting -- Theme -- Style -- Historical authenticity -- Chronology of historical fiction: -- Ancient times through the Middle Ages -- Multicultural Literature: Changes in the old world and encounters with the new world -- Salem witch hunts -- American revolution -- Early expansion of the United States and Canada -- Multicultural Literature: Slavery, the Civil War, and overcoming segregation: -- Western frontier -- Multicultural Literature: Pioneers and Native Americans: -- Early 20th Century -- World War II -- Multicultural Literature: Internment of Japanese Americans and the Pacific conflict -- Voices from the field / Joseph Bruchac -- Teaching with historical fiction: -- Providing background through illustrations -- Interdisciplinary unit: looking at pioneer America: -- Values from the past -- Pioneer environment -- Trails in westward expansion -- Research skills -- Additional activities -- Culminating activity -- Multicultural Literature: Recognizing similarities -- Children's literature -- 11: Biographies: -- People who change lives: -- Changing ideas about biographies for children -- Literary Criticism: Evaluating biographies: -- Characterization -- Factual accuracy -- Worthiness of subject -- Balance between fact and story line -- Biographies in picture-book format -- Biographical subjects: -- Explorers of earth and space -- Political leaders and social activists -- Multicultural Literature: Civil Rights leaders: -- Artists and authors -- People who have persevered -- Biographies written for adolescents -- Voices from the field / Jack Gantos -- Teaching with biographies: -- Unit plan: Using biographies in creative dramatizations -- Reader response: Developing hypothetical interviews with authors: -- Imaginary conversations between people of two time periods -- Developing comprehension through time lines of biographical characters -- Analyzing values and beliefs -- Motivating discussions and research using Lincoln biographies: -- Picture storybooks -- Illustrated biographies -- Research topics (research and debate) -- Motivating additional reading and discussion -- Developing appreciation for the lives and the music of biographical characters -- Children's literature -- 12: Informational Books: -- From history to how things work: -- Value of informational books -- Evaluating informational books: -- Accuracy -- Stereotypes -- Illustrations -- Analytical thinking -- Organization -- Style -- History and culture: -- Ancient world -- Modern world -- Multicultural Literature: History of Civil Rights for African Americans: -- Nature: -- Human body -- Animals -- Plants -- Geology and geography -- Discoveries and how things work: -- Discoveries -- How things work -- Hobbies, crafts, and how-to books: -- Creative arts -- Teaching with informational books: -- Using informational books to evaluate fiction -- Incorporating literature into the science curriculum: -- Using the parts of a book -- Locating sources of information -- Using science vocabulary -- Evaluating science materials -- Searching for, identifying, and evaluating sources of scientific information -- Children's literature -- References -- Author, illustrator, and title index -- Subject index.
Subject: Children > Books and reading > United States.
Children's literature > History and criticism.

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