- Books Received
The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh: How E. H. Shepard Illustrated an Icon. By James Campbell. Foreword by Minette Shepard. London: LOM Art, 2017.
In this richly illustrated book, James Campbell traces the relationship between E. H. Shepard and A. A. Milne from their initial work together at Punch magazine through their collaborations on Milne's various books and related projects for children. Campbell's focus is on Shepard's side of this relationship, but he provides insights into how the two men worked together to create the now classic images of Milne's famous characters.
Does Nonfiction Equate Truth? Rethinking Disciplinary Boundaries through Critical Literacy. Edited by Vivian Yenika-Agbaw, Laura Anne Hudock, and Ruth McKoy Lowery. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.
Intended primarily for K–12 teachers, this volume includes nine chapters on the use of nonfiction in the classroom. The contributors to this collection discuss the educational value of a wide range of nonfiction works, arguing that each should be approached by readers from a critical perspective. As several contributors point out, works of nonfiction often include embedded biases that readers might fail to discern because of the texts' factual tone.
Fairy Tales and Fables from Weimar Days: Collected Utopian Tales. Edited and translated by Jack Zipes. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
This collection brings together thirty literary fairy tales originally published in Germany during the period of the Weimar Republic (1919–1933). As Jack Zipes explains in his scholarly introduction, the authors of these tales drew on traditional German fairy tales but added political dimensions reflecting the country's social instability during that time.
Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic. By Annemarie Bilclough and Emma Laws. London: V & A Publishing, 2017.
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London sponsored an exhibition on Winnie-the-Pooh that ran from December 2017 through the beginning of April 2018. This volume, originally published to accompany the exhibition, [End Page 344] can be read and appreciated on its own. It features hundreds of images, including photographs, preliminary sketches by E. H. Shepard, and sample pages from A. A. Milne's books. [End Page 345]