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Download Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (94 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Seth Lerer Narrator: Tony Craine Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN:
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Ever since children have learned to read, there has been children's literature. Children's Literature charts the makings of the Western literary imagination from Aesop's fables to Mother Goose, from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Peter Pan, from Where the Wild Things Are to Harry Potter. The only single-volume work to capture the rich and diverse history of children's literature in its full panorama, this extraordinary book reveals why J. R. R. Tolkein, Dr. Seuss, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Beatrix Potter, and many others, despite their divergent styles and subject matter, have all resonated with generations of readers.

Children's Literature is an exhilarating quest across centuries, continents, and genres to discover how, and why, we first fall in love with the written word. The book is published by University of Chicago Press.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Hill | 1/19/2014

    " I really enjoyed and found helpful Dr. Lerer's analysis of ancient literature. While I found myself disagreeing with some of his assertions as he discussed more modern literature, I do have to admit this book made me rethink some of my own opinions about children's literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 1/7/2014

    " I liked this book in that it brought up many memories and created new wonders about childhood and imagination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgiavail | 1/5/2014

    " The introduction is compelling, and it's one of those books where you can skip around and read what's interesting to you. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheryn | 12/20/2013

    " I started to read this and turned it back into the library. It is a comprehensive scholarly review of children's literature. It is a sure way to cure insomnia, but not my cup of tea at the moment. I don't plan on picking it up again from the library. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 12/2/2013

    " Painfully dry and completely marginalizes women authors and the feminine in the literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 4/18/2013

    " Interesting study of kiddie lit from a subjective & historical point of view "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 12/12/2012

    " This is by far the loveliest history of anything I've read all year. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 nicole | 9/9/2012

    " Bored to tears while reading about one of my favorites topics? No thanks Lerer. I feel like throwing it over my shoulder in a huff, Angelina style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jen8998 | 5/2/2012

    " Not as good as I'd hoped but was still an interesting history of children's literature. One shortcoming is the lack of attention to girl's literature. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Richard | 1/15/2012

    " I actually began reading this book last May. Aside from the author's relative lack of familiarity with the field of children's literature studies, the book is boring beyond belief. I didn't finish it, but I finally wanted to get it off my currently-reading list, so I've marked it [half-]read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 11/20/2011

    " To cover the history from Aesop to Harry Potter in one book is an accomplishment alone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 10/9/2009

    " A bit sloggy and long, this will be a skimmer. Still, it seems interesting.

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    I simply skimmed the chapter headings and a few bits. If I ever want to know the history of children's lit, I know where to go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 10/3/2009

    " Interesting study of kiddie lit from a subjective & historical point of view "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 nicole | 7/31/2009

    " Bored to tears while reading about one of my favorites topics? No thanks Lerer. I feel like throwing it over my shoulder in a huff, Angelina style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jen8998 | 4/6/2009

    " Not as good as I'd hoped but was still an interesting history of children's literature. One shortcoming is the lack of attention to girl's literature. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 3/17/2009

    " Painfully dry and completely marginalizes women authors and the feminine in the literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgiavail | 1/3/2009

    " The introduction is compelling, and it's one of those books where you can skip around and read what's interesting to you. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheryn | 12/30/2008

    " I started to read this and turned it back into the library. It is a comprehensive scholarly review of children's literature. It is a sure way to cure insomnia, but not my cup of tea at the moment. I don't plan on picking it up again from the library. "

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