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  • Books Received
  • Mark I. West

Books Received

Beautiful Angiola: The Great Treasury of Sicilian Folk and Fairy Tales. Ed. Laura Gonzenbach. Trans. Jack Zipes. New York: Routledge, 2003.
In addition to writing scholarly books about children's literature, Jack Zipes has also translated into English numerous folk and fairy tales that originally appeared in German. Beautiful Angiola is his most recent project of this type. The tales included in this volume were collected by Laura Gonzenbach, a woman of Swiss-German descent who grew up in Sicily and who remained interested in Sicilian culture throughout her short life. She published these tales in German in the late nineteenth century, but they had never been translated into English until now. These lively tales often feature strong heroines and amusing asides about human nature.
Books in Bloom: Creative Patterns and Props That Bring Stories to Life. By Kimberly K. Faurot. Chicago: American Library Association, 2003.
This practical book is intended for preschool teachers, librarians, and anyone else who regularly presents picture books to children in a group setting. Kimberly K. Faurot provides step-by-step instructions on how to prepare props that can be used when presenting a number of popular picture books, including Leo Lionni's A Color of His Own, Helme Heine's The Most Wonderful Egg in the World, and Nancy Willard's The Nightgown of the Sullen Moon.
The Child as Critic: Developing Literacy through Literature, K-8. 4th ed. By Glenna Sloan. New York: Teachers College Press, 2003.
This latest edition of Glenna Sloan's popular textbook includes a new chapter in which Sloan discusses how contemporary literary theory relates to classroom practice. She has also expanded the chapter on poetry, added material about storytelling, and updated her lists of recommended children's books.
A Children's Literature Tour of Great Britain. By Mark I. West. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2003.
This book provides detailed information on 49 places in Great Britain that are associated with children's literature and that are open to the public. The book also includes photographs. The foreword is by Peter Hunt.
The Collected Works of Langston Hughes: Works for Children and Young Adults. Ed. Dianne Johnson. Columbia, MO: U of Missouri P, 2003.
This volume, which is the 11th in a multi-volume compilation of Langston Hughes' writings, reprints all of Hughes' poems, fiction, and nonfiction for children. The book also includes a scholarly introduction by Dianne Johnson in which she discusses Hughes' place in the history of African-American children's literature.
Connecting Boys with Books: What Libraries Can Do. By Michael Sullivan. Chicago, American Library Association, 2003.
An experienced librarian, Sullivan provides numerous suggestions that librarians (as well as teachers and parents) can use to encourage pre-adolescent boys to read. I especially like his comments about books that appeal to boys' sense of humor.
Elsewhere: Selected Essays from the "20th Century Fantasy Literature: From Beatrix to Harry" International Literary Conference. Ed. Deborah Bice. Lanham, MD: UP of America, 2003.
This volume includes essays on numerous important fantasy books for children, including Lois Lowry's The Giver, J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, and J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.
How to Get Your Child to Love Reading: A Parents' Guide. By Esmé Raji Codell. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin, 2003.
This 500-page resource book provides parents with a vast amount of information that they can use to encourage their children to read. Codell includes annotated book lists, literature-related activities, information about recommended web sites, and practical advice about reading aloud to children.
J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys: The Real Story behind Peter Pan. 2nd Ed. By Andrew Birkin. New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 2003.
The original edition of the biography of J. M. Barrie came out in 1979. In this edition, Andrew Birkin provides a new preface and adds more illustrations.
The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn. By Diane Ravitch. New York: Knopf, 2003.
An historian of American education, Diane Ravitch turns her attention in this book to the underside of America's textbook publishing industry. She explains how various political pressure groups on both the political right and left have...


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