They wrote for children too : an annotated bibliography of children's literature by famous writers for adults / compiled by Marilyn Fain Apseloff.

By: Apseloff, MarilynMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Bibliographies and indexes in world literature: no. 20.Publisher: New York : Greenwood Press, 1989Description: xiv, 202 p. ; 25 cmISBN: 031325981X (lib. bdg. : alk. paper); 9780313259814 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)Subject(s): Children's literature -- Bibliography | Children -- Books and reading | Children's literature in English - BibliographiesDDC classification: 011.62 | 016.8208/09282 LOC classification: Z1037 | .A6 1989 | PN1009.A1
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This bibliography gets excellent marks for its format, indexing, and annotations. It is arranged in three time periods: pre-19th century, 19th century, and 20th century literature. There are further breakdowns by genre. The well-written annotations include information on awards received, age groups, differences between editions, etc. The annotations further indicate both the quality of the illustrations and how they enhance the work. Neverthless, Apseloff (children's literature, Kent State University) misses the mark. This reviewer questions the intent of the work, finding it hard to accept the concept that being exposed to great literary figures through their writings for children will lead children to a desire to read more of these writers' works later. A literary figure who writes fine adult literature does not necessarily write fine children's literature, or even good children's literature. Children need fine children's literature appropriate to their ages and individual interests. A better idea would have been a selective bibliography of children's literature, but there are already many well-known ones. For example, Eden Ross Lipson's The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children (1988) is a source useful for both parents and educators. Apseloff's book can be recommended as beneficial for scholars or others interested in the history of children's literature, but not as useful for its original intention of leading children to great literature. -E. C. Meehan-Black, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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MARILYN FAIN APSELOFF has taught Children's Literature at Kent State University since 1968. A past president of the Children's Literature Association, she is coauthor of Nonsense in Children's Literature: Aesop to Seuss , with Celia Catlett Anderson.

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