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Anthology of Children's Literature, 4th Edition
Anthology of Children's Literature 4th Edition Author:Edna Johnson, Evelyn R. Sickles, Frances Clarke Sayers, editors. Illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg Since its beginnings this anthology has considered the literature of childhood to be a segment of literature as a whole, fully meeting the demands of literary art and possessing its power, mystery, and grandeur. — Whoever searches here primarily for books matching children's emotional drives, or contributing to their developmental potentials, or ... more »to moral betterment or social reform, will find in these pages no overt, authoritative prescription. Yet in the larger concept of literature, such aspects of life are often an intrinsic part of a work of art, to be discovered by the reader on his own, or slowly to be revealed to him, rather than applied by rue of thumb.
Devotees of this anthology will note that the timeless cartouches and spot drawings of Fritz Eichenberg remain unchanged. They serve, in their clarity, as a kind of picture alphabet of Children's Literature, challenging the present and the future to spell out for their own times works of grace and proportion equal to the heritage of the past.
Contents survey areas of literature that have pleased children from time immemorial: Nursery Rhymes; Nonsense & Fun; Fables & Folktales, Myths & Legends from many nations and cultures; Heroes of Epics and Romance; Sacred Writings and Legends of the Saints; Fantasy; Fiction; Poetry; Biography; History and Travel.
Appendices include notes on storytelling, the history of children's literature, illustrators of children's books, children's book awards, graded reading lists, pronouncing glossary, and biographical sketches.« less