Reading History in Children's Books

Hardcover | August 21, 2012

byCatherine Butler, Hallie O'Donovan

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This book offers a critical account of historical books about Britain written for children, including realist novels, non-fiction, fantasy and alternative histories. It also investigates the literary, ideological and philosophical challenges involved in writing about the past, especially for an audience whose knowledge of history is often limited.

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This book offers a critical account of historical books about Britain written for children, including realist novels, non-fiction, fantasy and alternative histories. It also investigates the literary, ideological and philosophical challenges involved in writing about the past, especially for an audience whose knowledge of history is of...

CATHERINE BUTLER has written widely on children's literature. Her work includes Four British Fantasists (winner of the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award) and Teaching Children's Fiction. She has also written six novels for children.HALLIE O'DONOVAN is a critic of children's literature, and lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:August 21, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230278086

ISBN - 13:9780230278080

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction: That was Then? The Eagle Has Landed: Representing the Roman Invasion of Britain in Texts for Children Once, Future, Sometime, Never: Arthur in History "She Be Faking It": Authenticity and Anachronism Dreams of Things that Never Were: Authenticity and Genre Ancestral Voices, Prophesying War Patterns of History Bibliography Index