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Charlotte's Webb


reviewed by William J. Jacobs 1965

coverTitle: Charlotte's Webb
Author(s): E. B. White
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Keats, E. J. The snowy day. New York: Viking, 1962. Unpaged. $3.00. An authentic children's literature—not primers or readers but honest-to-Shakespeare books—is as subject to responsible criticism as its adult counterpart. We are too seldom reminded, however, that the fit of children's tales to life and the literary values they embody or fail to meet are important objects of critical concern. In this essay-review, Dr. Jacobs, an educator with a special concern for the qualities of literary experience in youngsters, remedies this situation in his evaluation of 18 "juveniles" both old and new. Once upon a time, the world of children's literature was serene. Kenneth Grahame, A. A. Milne, and Lewis Carroll, whose works have endured so well, wrote with gentility and restraint largely to please themselves or to amuse the children of close friends. Today there is turbulence in storybook land, and otherwise temperate observers dredge their vocabularies for words like... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 5, 1965, p. 464-464
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2621, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 5:34:23 AM

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