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Childrens Literature is classified in two major categtories realistic and fantasy Realistic focuses on the area of human activities and historical events while fantasy has many more subcategories Some educational institutions firmly believe in teaching with only realistic stories They feel that a young mind under the age of five will not be able to decipher the difference between realitity and fantasy The school worries the child will have a sense of being invincible when reading supernatural stories For example Wylie Coyote always jumps right back after falling off a cliff or being squashed by an anvil Violence and disrepect are other areas that concern educators when dealing with fantasyRealistic childhood literature can be a useful tool It can easliy teach a child a story of times gone by Consider Little House on the Prairie it is a story a young girl can relate to and associate with Laura Ingalls and the other characters teach us to appreciate the lifestyle in which we live now and give us a history lesson of the past Realistic stories will always use human characters as the communicating Fantasy is the main type of childrens literature today Theodore Seuss Geisel also known as Dr Seuss began writing his most popular book after an article in Life magazine in May 1954 The article stated most American first graders were having trouble reading The children were quoted as saying that books were boring Mr Geisels publisher sent him a letter asking him to use a list of 400 words which most first graders should know Dr Seuss was able to use 220 of those words in his best selling book Cat in the Hat His stories are wildly imaginitive creations and he used words that are funny and whimsical His unreal worlds include a moral and social tale that unfolds with ease at the excitement of the reading child Fantasy in literature offers new and stimualting visual adventures Like Seuss many
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