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Children's Humor, A Psychological Analysis


reviewed by Millie Almy 1955

coverTitle: Children's Humor, A Psychological Analysis
Author(s): Martha Wolfenstein
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Those of us who work with children, or teach about them, frequently find their behavior or their conversation a source of amusement. Their naivete puts the adult world in a new and unexpected perspective. We laugh not so much at them as at ourselves. In most instances, however, we do not laugh 'with the children, for what is funny to us is often incomprehensible to them, and what they regard as hilarious is apt to seem inane to us. In Children's Humor, A Psychological Analysis, Martha Wolfenstein concerns herself with the child's view of the ludicrous. Her information as to what children actually regard as funny has been drawn from interviews with children between the ages of four and twelve who were asked to tell funny stories, jokes they knew, funny things that happened in class, things that had made them laugh. To further explore the comprehension of jokes and of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 56 Number 8, 1955, p. 471-471
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4780, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 7:47:35 PM

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