Storytime: Young Children's Literary Understanding in the Classroom
The author draws on his own extensive research in urban classrooms to present a grounded theoretical model of young children's understanding of picture storybooks. Advancing a much broader and deeper theory of literary understanding, the author suggests that children respond in five different ways during picture storybook readalounds; that these responses reveal that child...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Teachers College Press
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This book is more theoretical, clear, and rich than its title would suggest. It is artfully written and respectful of ALL children in ways that few researchers/writers are able to be. Even graduate students in literary theory would learn new concepts from this book because Sipe is working from interdisciplinary frames and edging outside the lines of narrow, disciplinary thought.
A careful and thoughtful analysis of young children's early literary responses and development of responses. There are not many educational or LIS studies that have this combination of research question/issue significance combined with rigorous methodology. I use it in my doctoral course on children's/YA literature as a model of how to conduct scientific inquiry.