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The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature celebrates the richness and variety of over 350 years of literary works for children. This groundbreaking anthology includes 170 authors and illustrators of alphabets and animal fables, fairy tales and fantasy, picture books and nursery verse, among many other genres. Here readers will find beloved works by Charles Perrault, Le The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature celebrates the richness and variety of over 350 years of literary works for children. This groundbreaking anthology includes 170 authors and illustrators of alphabets and animal fables, fairy tales and fantasy, picture books and nursery verse, among many other genres. Here readers will find beloved works by Charles Perrault, Lewis Carroll, J. M. Barrie, L. M. Montgomery, and Dr. Seuss along with historical classics—The New-England Primer and Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses—and major voices from the multicultural and global contemporary scene. Over 40 longer complete works and over 400 illustrations, including 60 in color, enhance this comprehensive and visually rich anthology. With introductions that offer fresh insights into the cultural contexts of children's literature and childhood itself over four centuries, author headnotes, annotations, bibliographies, and a timeline, The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature illuminates a literary tradition whose power to instruct and delight is both centuries old and startlingly new.


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The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature celebrates the richness and variety of over 350 years of literary works for children. This groundbreaking anthology includes 170 authors and illustrators of alphabets and animal fables, fairy tales and fantasy, picture books and nursery verse, among many other genres. Here readers will find beloved works by Charles Perrault, Le The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature celebrates the richness and variety of over 350 years of literary works for children. This groundbreaking anthology includes 170 authors and illustrators of alphabets and animal fables, fairy tales and fantasy, picture books and nursery verse, among many other genres. Here readers will find beloved works by Charles Perrault, Lewis Carroll, J. M. Barrie, L. M. Montgomery, and Dr. Seuss along with historical classics—The New-England Primer and Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses—and major voices from the multicultural and global contemporary scene. Over 40 longer complete works and over 400 illustrations, including 60 in color, enhance this comprehensive and visually rich anthology. With introductions that offer fresh insights into the cultural contexts of children's literature and childhood itself over four centuries, author headnotes, annotations, bibliographies, and a timeline, The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature illuminates a literary tradition whose power to instruct and delight is both centuries old and startlingly new.

30 review for The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature: The Traditions in English

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This book has everything. It gives history associated with children's literature generally, with the specific stories (the different versions of "Little Red Riding Hood," for example, are a fascinating study), and even with the content of some specific stories (e.g. the section on alphabet poems describes an older, 24-letter English alphabet). And what a collection! It contains tradition stories, including fairy tales. It contains more modern responses to these fairy tales, such as parodies and This book has everything. It gives history associated with children's literature generally, with the specific stories (the different versions of "Little Red Riding Hood," for example, are a fascinating study), and even with the content of some specific stories (e.g. the section on alphabet poems describes an older, 24-letter English alphabet). And what a collection! It contains tradition stories, including fairy tales. It contains more modern responses to these fairy tales, such as parodies and cynical, worldly retellings. Its collection of literature includes humor and serious works. It includes poetry, prose, plays, and picture books (and yes, the actual pages of the picture books are reproduced as images, so the readers can see more than just the text). It even has a section of full-color pictures. It includes many works that I recall from my own childhood, and it grounds them in context so that I can better understand their history and their context in the canon. This book brings me joy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lora

    Fantastic fat tome I will never be able to finish with only four renewals from the library. There's so much here. Poetry, samples of comics, whole stories, long analyses of fairy tale, fable, and more. This book is like a museum of children's literature. Too much to digest. There are also a few landmines in that they take the neutral academic road and include some of the latest styles of kid lit that are gross and/or amoral. That was sad to see, but important to know about. Excellent book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alnmo6

    Great book and a wonderful resource. This is like a dictionary or encyclopedia too much to read cover to cover but the pieces (25%) I have read should be included in so many current middle & high school English & History classes. Just learning about "The Brownies' Book" from this book should be a must-read for everyone Great book and a wonderful resource. This is like a dictionary or encyclopedia too much to read cover to cover but the pieces (25%) I have read should be included in so many current middle & high school English & History classes. Just learning about "The Brownies' Book" from this book should be a must-read for everyone

  4. 4 out of 5

    Summer

    Admittedly, I didn't have the time to read all of this before it was due. I skipped entire sections (Plays, Poetry), I gave a pass to stories I'd read a thousand times (Grimm's Fairy Tales, _The Book of Three_), and I didn't even start _Jim Bowie and His Famous Knife_. But it's still a fantastic collection, tissue-thin pages and all. Standout novels from the collection that I hadn't read before: _The Phoenix and the Carpet_ : Lovely precursor to "urban fantasy", featuring four children who are act Admittedly, I didn't have the time to read all of this before it was due. I skipped entire sections (Plays, Poetry), I gave a pass to stories I'd read a thousand times (Grimm's Fairy Tales, _The Book of Three_), and I didn't even start _Jim Bowie and His Famous Knife_. But it's still a fantastic collection, tissue-thin pages and all. Standout novels from the collection that I hadn't read before: _The Phoenix and the Carpet_ : Lovely precursor to "urban fantasy", featuring four children who are actually believable as characters. _Homesick_ : A memoir of a missionary's daughter growing up in China around the time of the National Revolutionary Army's march north. _Bronx Masquerade_ : Fantastic recent novel blending narration and poetry to address image, identity, and the power of language.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Nyikos

    To develop an understanding of the evolution of children’s literature, my goal is to read the anthology in its entirety, skimming original texts, but reading the notes on each genre and author. This packet, I read: “Preface,” “Alphabets,” “Chapbooks,” and “Primers and Readers.” These sections provided a condensed explanation of the two to three hundred years of books that were written from about 1400 until 1900 for children. Most of those focused on teaching children to read, although chapbooks To develop an understanding of the evolution of children’s literature, my goal is to read the anthology in its entirety, skimming original texts, but reading the notes on each genre and author. This packet, I read: “Preface,” “Alphabets,” “Chapbooks,” and “Primers and Readers.” These sections provided a condensed explanation of the two to three hundred years of books that were written from about 1400 until 1900 for children. Most of those focused on teaching children to read, although chapbooks seem to have been the antiauthoritarian, subversive element in all of those primers and readers and biblical lessons. If primers and readers were the meat-and potatoes of reading then chapbooks were dessert – fun, silly, and slightly irreverent.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shayla Mahi

    This was a required book for my Children's Literature class, and I have to say it is the best book I have had to buy for school! Everything is covered in this HUGE book. You begin with history on oral literature and transition into written literature, includes: fables, folklore, poetry, myths, fairy tales, music, and more(including modern day texts) I recommend this book to anyone with children or anyone who enjoys Literature. The wide-range coverage of many genres in this book exposes you to so This was a required book for my Children's Literature class, and I have to say it is the best book I have had to buy for school! Everything is covered in this HUGE book. You begin with history on oral literature and transition into written literature, includes: fables, folklore, poetry, myths, fairy tales, music, and more(including modern day texts) I recommend this book to anyone with children or anyone who enjoys Literature. The wide-range coverage of many genres in this book exposes you to so many amazing authors you may or may not have heard of before. As a definite pro to this thick book, you will have plenty of stories to read to your children for MONTHS!

  7. 4 out of 5

    kayla**

    I've never been a big fan of anthologies, but if I had to pick a favourite, it would be this one! A great selection of pieces of children's literature that I found fun to read and interesting to analyse. A wide selection that was great for my course!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura Harrison

    An incredible volume. A must-have for anyone who loves, studies or teachers children's literature.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    One of the best and most surprising Christmas gifts ever. Thanks Dad!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    A fantastic collection to be used in a general children's literature college level course.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katey

  12. 5 out of 5

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Jen(n)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

  15. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rose Danielson

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura Jones

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kayti

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lindi Soltani

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  21. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Kilton

  22. 4 out of 5

    Scotti Seuthe

  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Mack

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marlin Harrison

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amy Gideon

  28. 4 out of 5

    Veronique

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Prater

  30. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

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