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The Beauty and Horror of Children's Literature Presented in Maria Tatar's Book Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood
Maps and Mirrors If there is anything obvious about children, whether you can tell by your own experience or observation, it is that they are drawn to almost everything unfamiliar. From new toys to new people, their minds are always finding different ways of making sense of unusual things. It is only until they are told ho...
The Story of Little Red Riding Hood: The Most Sexualized Fairy Tale Character of Walt Disney
Little Red Riding Hood is a moralistic fairytale told to children. She encompasses youthful naiveté, morality and being a good girl who does what she’s told. She is also one of the most sexualized fairytale characters. And rightly so. Her story has been told and retold and cleaned up and downright sterilized. From first bei...
Cruelty in the Novel Varjak's Paw by S.T. Said
Eyes The Color Of Danger From the moment Varjak paw was born into the family of prestigious Mesopotamian blues to the point in which he saved his ungrateful family from the looming danger of the mysterious gentlemen at the close of Varjak Paw, SF Said shows how cruelty often functions as motivation for a character to reall...
The Style of Maurice Sendak's Work in His Little Bear Series
Over the nearly sixty years of Maurice Sendak’s working life, his artwork varied greatly. From the dark, heavy scenes of “Where the Wild Things Are” to the pastel lightness of the “Little Bear” series or the cramped surreal imagery in “Outside, Over There” Sendak’s work is so vastly different in each book and series that th...
The Father of Violet's Opinion of Language in the Novel Feed by M.T. Anderson
“He says the language is dying. He thinks words are being debased. So he tries to speak entirely in weird words and irony, so no one can simplify anything he says.” (137). This quote in M.T. Anderson’s novel Feed is spoken by Violet, describing her father. She and Titus had just had just left his home, leading Titus to que...
An Analysis of Perrault's Version of the Story of Cinderella
The tale of Cinderella has transformed incredibly throughout its retelling over many years. Perrault’s version published in 1697 may be the most popular, however similar stories about a poor girl acquiring great fortune date as far back as 7 B.C1. Cinderella’s story is remarkable due to the way that Perrault presents the he...
The Connection of Magical and Human World in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter
Essay #2: “Children are capable, of course, of literary belief when the story-maker’s art is good enough to produce it. That state of mind has been called ‘willing suspension of disbelief.’ But this does not seem to me a good description of what happens. What really happens is that the story-maker proves a successful ‘subc...
A Discussion on Multicultural Children's Literature
Multicultural Education Multicultural education can be a difficult issue in some areas, but I believe we as children start out without any kind of prejudices, so we must make the choice to expose our children to different peoples and cultures, and to diversify their lives, in a sense. There are myriad methods, but I will o...
A Study on Gender and/or Sexual Minority Children's Literature
Pinterest: GSM Children’s Lit GSM: Gender and/or Sexual Minority. Minority: the smaller number or part. Society: the aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community. Diversity: a range of different things. These are all important terms in modern education, and these definitions are necessary for the...
The Characteristics of Fantasy in Literature for Children by David L. Russel
David L. Russell’s Literature for Children describes the characteristics of fantasy as including the presence of magic in fantastical worlds. He says, “[Rules are] the very thing that operate in fantasy writing, the chief ingredient of which is magic, the supernatural” (Russell, p. 200). Therefore he speaks of fantasy, and...