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Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad Together as a Primer for Critical Literacy  

Teya Rosenberg

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article argues that the Frog and Toad books function as useful literary “primers,” not just for young children, but for college students as well. It also shows that Frog and Toad ... More

Blending Genres and Crossing Audiences: Harry Potter and the Future of Literary Fiction  

Karin E. Westman

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article describes J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series' (1997–2007) generic hybridity, focusing on elements of the school story, bildungsroman, and fantasy in the texts. It ... More

Castaways: The Swiss Family Robinson, Child Bookmakers, and the Possibilities of Literary Flotsam  

Karen Sánchez-Eppler

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article explores the work of two generations of children in a Boston family who created their own books by taking the history of Johann David Wyss's The Swiss Family Robinson (1812, ... More

The Cat in the Hippie: Dr. Seuss, Nonsense, the Carnivalesque, and the Sixties Rebel  

Kevin Shortsleeve

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article shows that the works of Dr. Seuss, the most beloved bard of children's nonsense—and especially The Cat in the Hat (TCITH) (1957)—can be read within the context of the dramatic ... More

Comics  

Corey Creekmur

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Nov 2014
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Oct 2014
This chapter summarizes the history of science fiction comics from early newspaper comic strips through comic books up to recent graphic novels. Noting that science fiction comics are ... More

A Cross-Written Harlem Renaissance: Langston Hughes’s The Dream Keeper  

Katharine Capshaw Smith

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article opens up the literary, aesthetic, and cultural contexts of the Harlem Renaissance by discussing how children were imagined within this movement and by examining in particular ... More

A Daughter of the House: Discourses of Adoption in L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables  

Mavis Reimer

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article reviews the documentary evidence against Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables (1908) to argue that the figure of the adopted (white, Canadian) child—and the British ... More

Dumbo, Disney, and Difference: Walt Disney Productions and Film as Children’s Literature  

Nicholas Sammond

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article examines the ways in which Walt Disney created a cinematic empire by selling his creations as “good for children.” It links them to classic children's literature and ... More

Environmental Writing for Children: A Selected Reconnaissance of Heritages, Emphases, Horizons  

Lawrence Buell

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Aug 2014
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Mar 2014
This article analyzes representative topoi or traditions emanating from the so-called golden age of children’s writing in the late Victorian era that feature encounters with the physical ... More

Froggy’s Little Brother: Nineteenth-Century Evangelical Writing for Children and the Politics of Poverty  

Kimberley Reynolds

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article addresses Froggy's Little Brother (1875), a British nineteenth-century “street arab” novel about destitute London children, through the lens of postcolonial theory. It ... More

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