Oxford Companion to Childrens Literature

Paperback | March 15, 1999

byHumphrey Carpenter, Mari Prichard

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The indispensable reference book for anyone concerned with children's books. Over 900 biographical entries deal with authors, illustrators, printers, publishers, educationalists, and others who have influenced the development of children's literature. The range of literature covered includestraditional narrative materials such as legends as romances; fairy tales; chapbooks; genres such as school stories, adventure stories, doll stories, and science fiction; ABC and other learning books; children's magazines, comics, and story papers; picture books; teenage novels; children's hymns; andchildren's stories on radio television and film. Other entries include: concise plot summaries, from familiar favourites like The Secret Garden to less well-known works such as My Friend Mr Leaky by the eminent scientist J. B. S. Haldane; characters, Andy Pandy to Tiger Tim, Captain Nemo to Shere Khan and Winnie-the-Pooh; literary and historicalbackground, Puritans and penny dreadfuls, libraries and reviewers, racism and sexism; mythical and legendary creatures, trolls, dragons, witches, giants, dwarfs, and goblins; national surveys, including the USA, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Iceland, Canada, Australia, and India. Written both to entertain and instruct, The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature is a reference work no one interested in the world of children's books should be without.

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An interesting compilation for anyone interested in children’s literature, this book is comprehensive in scope. The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature covers popular and unfamiliar stories from back in time to the present and from all around the world. Legends, romances, fairy tales, children’s hymns, ABC’s, science fiction, adv...

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The indispensable reference book for anyone concerned with children's books. Over 900 biographical entries deal with authors, illustrators, printers, publishers, educationalists, and others who have influenced the development of children's literature. The range of literature covered includestraditional narrative materials such as legen...

Humphrey Carpenter's books include biographies of J. R. R. Tolkien, W. H. Auden, C. S. Lewis, Ezra Pound, and Benjamin Britten. He is the author of the popular Mr Majeika series of stories for children. Mari Prichard has worked as a broadcaster and teacher, and is now a local government education officer. She and Humphrey Carpenter ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:600 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.18 inPublished:March 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface, Acknowledgements, Note to the Reader, A-Z text.

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An interesting compilation for anyone interested in children’s literature, this book is comprehensive in scope. The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature covers popular and unfamiliar stories from back in time to the present and from all around the world. Legends, romances, fairy tales, children’s hymns, ABC’s, science fiction, adventure stories and more make up the exhaustive list of entries.