Feeling Like a Kid: Childhood and Children's Literature

Feeling Like a Kid: Childhood and Children's Literature In this engaging and reflective essay, Jerry Griswold examines the unique qualities of childhood experience and their reappearance as frequent themes in children s literature Surveying dozens of classic and popular works for the young from Heidi and The Wizard of Oz to Beatrix Potter and Harry Potter Griswold demonstrates how great children s writers succeed because of their uncanny ability to remember what it feels like to be a kid playing under tables, shivering in bed on a scary night, arranging miniature worlds with toys, zooming around as caped superheroes, listening to dolls talkNo softheaded discussion of kids cute convictions nor a developmentally focused critique of their immature beliefs, Feeling Like a Kid boldly and honestly identifies the ways in which the young think and see the world in a manner different from that of adults Written by a leading scholar, prize winning author, and frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, this extensively illustrated book will fascinate general readers as well as all those who study childhood and children s literature


10 thoughts on “Feeling Like a Kid: Childhood and Children's Literature

  1. says:

    An excellent book I just couldn t put it down. Full of interesting examples quotations from interesting master works in Children s Literature And the book is indeed an easy read Also the appearance of the book it s a bit bigger than a pocket book the cover everything is just lovely. It s as if you re reading a novel. Finally the most important idea about this book is that the five major themes discussed in


  2. says:

    A very well written, concise exploration of some of the primary themes common in children s books but less common in books for adults A few were missed, of course Luann points out the predominance of orphans and quasi orphans in tween stories and suggests Griswold could have had a chapter on aloneness She also points out that there aren t a lot of books represented, and most are very old Sylvester and the Magic P


  3. says:

    I found this to be quite interesting, although I would have enjoyed it evenif he would have givenexamples from contemporary children s literature in addition to the classic stories he cites from If I were teaching a children s literature class and having students read this, that would be a great assignment for them to come up with examples in current children s literature of his five themes Another assignment would be


  4. says:

    An easy read book with wonderful classic illustrations outlines 5 themes in children s literature snugness, scariness, lightness


  5. says:

    Just the right amount of analysis, without the academic nonsense that is often found.


  6. says:

    For everyone who teaches or loves children s literature, I highly recommend this book I m ashamed to admit that I ve never heard of Jerry Griswold, the director of the National Center for the Study of Children s Literature and a professor of English and comparative literature at San Diego State University This is likely because he approaches children s lit from an English background while most of my friends and I come from an education


  7. says:

    I enjoyed the five principles he covers in the book snugness, scariness, smallness, lightness, and aliveness He gets repetitive at times and the text is equal parts tedious and charming At times I really enjoyed his word play and imagery, and other times I felt bogged down by them Overall, I m glad I read it.


  8. says:

    Italo Calvino s epigraph invites to revisit the important books of their childhood, because even if the books haven t changed, their readers have, and the encounter will be a new thing.Griswold considers five recurring themes in Children s Literature Snugness of times and places for daydreams and happiness, Scariness that can be mastered and that awakens a vivid sense of self, Smallness that presents alternatives to adult consensus of importance, L


  9. says:

    I ve read a number of books on the subject of Children s Literature I thought this one was first rate The author states his opinions succinctly and is never verbose and does not over reach I ve read most of the books he mentions here and I could easily follow his train of thought and ideas expressed Well reasoned and thoroughly entertaining.


  10. says:

    What a fun walk through some great children s literature It s inly too baddiverse authors aren t included.


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