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Children's Literature Association Quarterly 31.3 (2006) 300-301


Books Received
Mark I. West
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. By Mark Twain. Edited by Lucy Rollin. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2006.

The Canadian publisher Broadview Press publishes a series of scholarly editions of classic literary works under its Broadview Editions imprint, to which this volume belongs. In addition to reprinting the original American edition of Tom Sawyer, Lucy Rollin provides a scholarly introduction in which she covers Twain's life and includes background information about the writing and publication of Tom Sawyer. She also provides four appendices full of primary sources related to Twain's classic.

Alma Flor Ada and You. By Alma Flor Ada. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2005.

The second volume in a series titled The Author and You, this autobiographical work is intended for children. However, the book includes lots of information that would be of interest to children's literature scholars, including a detailed account of the author's childhood in Cuba, her schooling in Europe, and her immigration to the United States.

Best Books for Children: Preschool through Grade 6. 8th ed. By Catherine Barr and John T. Gillespie. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.

This standard reference work includes entries on 25,347 children's books that are currently in print and that have received positive reviews from major reviewing periodicals, such as Booklist and Horn Book. Of these entries there are approximately 5,000 that did not appear in the 7th edition of Best Books for Children, which was published in 2002.

Children's Book Corner: A Read-Aloud Resource with Tips, Techniques, and Plans for Teachers, Librarians, and Parent/Grades 3 and 4. By Judy Bradbury. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.

Judy Bradbury argues that children should continue to be read to even after they become independent readers. She then goes on to provide detailed read-aloud plans for twenty-five books that appeal to children in the third and fourth grades.

English Folktales. Edited by Dan Keding and Amy Douglas. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2005. [End Page 300]

Part of Libraries Unlimited's World Folklore Series, this collection consists of fifty traditional English tales, along with background information, color photographs, a glossary, and a collection of traditional riddles.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. Edited by Jack Zipes, et al. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

The past ten years have seen the publication of several encyclopedias that focus on children's literature, but The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature stands out among them. As Jack Zipes, the editor-in-chief, states in the introduction, this "is the first comprehensive reference work in English to provide detailed information about all aspects of children's literature from the medieval period to the 21st century on an international scale" (xxix). This four-volume work includes more than 3,200 entries as well as a bibliography of secondary works, listings of the winners of the major awards for children's books, and information about special library collections related to children's literature.

Reading Raps: A Book Club Guide for Librarians, Kids, and Families. By Rita Soltan. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.

This practical book provides specific information on how to organize family-oriented book clubs. The author also suggests titles that lend themselves to this type of library programming, and for each title she lists a series of questions designed to spark group discussion.

The Secret Garden. By Frances Hodgson Burnett. Edited by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina. New York: W. W. Norton, 2006.

Like the other volumes in the Norton Critical Edition series, this book includes the authoritative text as well as a wide variety of critical interpretations of the text. In this case, Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina assembles a series of letters that Burnett wrote that have a bearing on The Secret Garden, fourteen book reviews that came out shortly after the 1911 publication of the book, and nine essays written by literary critics, including Gillian Adams, Phyllis Bixler, Anne Lundin, Margaret Mackey, and Christine Wilkie.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-1201
Print ISSN
0885-0429
Pages
pp. 300-301
Launched on MUSE
2006-10-17
Open Access
No
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