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Children's Literature by Seth Lerer
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Jun 12, 2012

bookshelves: professional-reading, history, nf800, non-fiction, stopped-reading, read2012
Read from June 12 to September 16, 2012

Whether you accept that there was a children's literature (or even a concept of childhood) in antiquity or the middle ages or not, I still appreciated the first several chapters of this book for providing a possible new way to think about reading, writing, and texts for children before the Renaissance. However, I read Perry Nodelman's review just as I was finishing up with the ancient history parts of Lerer's book, and his devastating critique had too much of an effect on me and I never finished the book. However, exploring various critics' response to Lerer's book brought Nodelman's The Hidden Adult to my awareness, and that's the children's literature book I'll read next.

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