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Author Waterston, Elizabeth, 1922-

Title Children's literature in Canada / Elizabeth Waterston
Published New York : Twayne Publishers ; [1992]
New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, [1992]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 212 pages) : illustrations
Series Gale virtual reference library
Twayne's English authors series ; TEAS 823. Children's literature
Gale virtual reference library.
Twayne's English authors series ; TEAS 823
Twayne's world authors series. Children's literature.
Contents "Our Own Space" Canada's Literary Universe -- Nursery Fare -- Traditional Stories -- Easy-to-Read -- Imaginary Voyages -- Problems and Solutions -- Animal Studies -- Girls' Choices -- Boys as Heroes -- Historical Fiction -- Young Adult Readers: From Place to Space
Summary "The rich and varied landscape of Canadian children's literature has been largely unexplored by American readers, but Elizabeth Waterston's engaging survey provides them with an invitation to discover the full range of Canadian writing for children - from colonial folktales and historical novels to fantasy literature and contemporary science fiction. Waterston's informative study brings to life Canadian history and culture and illuminates a unique literary community in which acclaimed adult writers like Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence, and Mordechai Richler are also the authors of children's books." "Waterston demonstrates the distinctly Canadian elements of such works as The Young Fur Traders (1856), Anne of Green Gables (1908), and Alligator Pie (1974). This study delineates the developmental stages through which children progress and discusses the various literary genres that appeal to them at each stage, from picture books and nursery rhymes to historical tales and science fiction. In addition to her focus on the response of the child to various genres, Waterston provides sophisticated literary analysis of the works that have endured as classics, demonstrating how their continuing relevance is rooted in their literary merit. She examines literary styles, themes, and motifs and shows how many of the perennial favorites embrace quintessentially Canadian virtues: honesty, a strong will to survive, humor, passion, and genuine kindness. American and Canadian teachers, librarians, and parents will find in this complete guide a resource for expanding their young readers' literary universe."--Jacket
Provides a critical introduction to children's literature in Canada
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-204) and index
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Subject Children -- Books and reading -- Canada.
Children's literature, Canadian -- History and criticism
Children's literature, French-Canadian -- History and criticism
Children -- Books and reading.
Children's literature, Canadian.
Children's literature, French-Canadian.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 92024079
ISBN 080571975X