stillme's Reviews > Children's Literature: A Reader's History, from Aesop to Harry Potter

Children's Literature by Seth Lerer
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Sep 30, 2009

it was ok
Read in October, 2009

Read it for the history (Aesop - 19th century) if you enjoy historical background and stop there.

I got excited about from the introduction and first couple of chapters. As a historian and children's librarian, I found the background on older (and ancient) works quite interesting. But once he got to the modern (20th and 21st century) I disagreed with just about everything he wrote. It seems that he doesn't like or enjoy anything written after 1950. Besides, not every modern book has to be literature, or ironic or pushing an author's agenda. These are books for children - what about pure fun? Additionally, I feel that illustrations are a significant part of children's literature today and he gave it a cursory and weak overview tacked on in the final chapter.
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09/30/2009 page 50
12.63% "I'm going to hear the author speak!"

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