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Behold the Child: American Children and Their Books, 1621-1922

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In Behold the Child, Gillian Avery offers an engaging account of children's literature in America from colonial times to the early twentieth century. Exploring a variety of social, cultural, and practical forces, Avery shows how the literature of the old world influenced that of the new and describes the emergence of uniquely American styles and themes in children's books. ...more
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published November 1st 1994)
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Cara Byrne
Jun 13, 2013 Cara Byrne rated it really liked it
This was a really informative and helpful read in studying and pinpointing the origins of children's literature in America. Avery does a great job noting the differences between English and American perceptions of children and what each nation believed their literature should encourage in children (whether whimsy, industriousness, religious values, imagination, etc.). It is clear that Avery tirelessly researched in order to write this book, as well as discovered some great finds in archives and ...more
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Apr 06, 2014 Suzan Alteri rated it it was amazing
This is a very good academic tome on the early history of American children's literature. Not for the faint of heart, and they are better books if you are interested in this topic and not doing research. Still, an excellent read.
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