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Children's Literature: An Illustrated History [Hardcover]

Peter Butts , Ethel Heins , Margaret Kinnell , Peter Hunt
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27 April 1995
Of all types of literature, children's literature is perhaps the best loved, most varied, and most subtly influential. Its history is not merely a footnote to social history, but a fascinating reflection of the way in which society sees itself and how it wishes itself to be seen, of how childhood is defined, controlled, and appreciated. From a literary viewpoint, children's literature shows how adult writers have explored questions of power and control, censorship and entertainment, respect and equality. This volume traces the history of children's literature in Britain, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, from the earliest printed books to the present day. It takes `children's literature' to mean books designed for children, as well as books of childhood, and so embraces everything from religious tracts to multi-media comics, from the `classic' to the unashamedly popular. Associate Editors: Dennis Butts; Ethol Heins; Margaret Kinnell; Tony Watkins Editorial Advisors: Louisa Smith; C. W. Sullivan III Contributors: Gillian Avery; Julia Briggs; Betty Gilderdale; Peter Hollindale; Anne Scott Macleod; Roderick McGillis; Michael Stone; Zena Sutherland

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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (27 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192123203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192123206
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 19.7 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 669,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As I am studying a Children's literature module with the Open University, I'm looking for as much relevent material as I can get. Peter Hunt is mentioned frequently in the course materials and so this book looked like a good idea. It's a lovely book and I know I'm going to be referring to it a great deal throughout the course of my module. It covers children's books from the very earliest examples and is beautifully illustrated so that you can see how the illustrations changed over the decades.
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Such a fantastic, comprehensive, beautifully designed, brilliantly written book. Why, oh why is it out of print! I would assign it to my students every semester if it was available. No other book does a better job introducing students to the rich and fascinating evolution of this genre. It should be brought back in soft cover.
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