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A Critical Approach to Children's Literature


reviewed by Leland B. Jacobs - 1968

coverTitle: A Critical Approach to Children's Literature
Author(s): Frank Steel Smith
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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In this book, there is a break with the traditions long associated with the teaching of what is known as "Children's Literature." College teachers of "Children's Literature" have become accustomed to books in this field in two patterns of dealing with content. In one of these patterns, attention centers on naming what are considered good books and authors, and assessing their contributions to the field as a whole. In the other pattern, an anthology of examples from the writings of well-established authors is made available, accompanied by short introductions to the groupings of the writings under such headings as ^Nursery Rhymes," "Nonsense," "Fantasy," "Realistic Fiction," and the like. Smith knowingly breaks with these traditions. What he is attempting to do is to find "fundamental criteria common to all literature" and to consider "the special characteristics of form that distinguish children's literature and adult literature from each other." Smith believes that the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 70 Number 2, 1968, p. 181-182
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1944, Date Accessed: 12/5/2019 10:26:57 PM

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