Feeling Like a Kid: Childhood and Children's Literature

Feeling Like a Kid Childhood and Children s Literature In this engaging and reflective essay Jerry Griswold examines the unique qualities of childhood experience and their reappearance as frequent themes in children s literature Surveying dozens of class

  • Title: Feeling Like a Kid: Childhood and Children's Literature
  • Author: Jerry Griswold
  • ISBN: 9780801885174
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this engaging and reflective essay, Jerry Griswold examines the unique qualities of childhood experience and their reappearance as frequent themes in children s literature Surveying dozens of classic and popular works for the young from Heidi and The Wizard of Oz to Beatrix Potter and Harry Potter Griswold demonstrates how great children s writers succeed because of thIn this engaging and reflective essay, Jerry Griswold examines the unique qualities of childhood experience and their reappearance as frequent themes in children s literature Surveying dozens of classic and popular works for the young from Heidi and The Wizard of Oz to Beatrix Potter and Harry Potter Griswold demonstrates how great children s writers succeed because of their uncanny ability to remember what it feels like to be a kid playing under tables, shivering in bed on a scary night, arranging miniature worlds with toys, zooming around as caped superheroes, listening to dolls talk.No softheaded discussion of kids cute convictions nor a developmentally focused critique of their immature beliefs, Feeling Like a Kid boldly and honestly identifies the ways in which the young think and see the world in a manner different from that of adults Written by a leading scholar, prize winning author, and frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, this extensively illustrated book will fascinate general readers as well as all those who study childhood and children s literature.

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    896 thoughts on “Feeling Like a Kid: Childhood and Children's Literature”

    1. An excellent book. I just couldn't put it down Full of interesting examples & quotations from interesting master works in Children's Literature. And the book is indeed an easy read. Also the appearance of the book: it's a bit bigger than a pocket book & the cover & everything is just lovely It's as if you're reading a novel Finally the most important idea about this book is that the five major themes discussed in this book, have always been there, we've all seen them but I've not rea [...]


    2. An easy read book with wonderful classic illustrations - outlines 5 themes in children's literature - snugness, scariness, lightness


    3. For everyone who teaches or loves children's literature, I highly recommend this book. I'm ashamed to admit that I've never heard of Jerry Griswold, the director of the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature and a professor of English and comparative literature at San Diego State University. This is likely because he approaches children's lit from an English background while most of my friends and I come from an education background. Regardless of professional stance, this book i [...]


    4. I found this to be quite interesting, although I would have enjoyed it even more if he would have given more examples from contemporary children's literature in addition to the classic stories he cites from. If I were teaching a children's literature class and having students read this, that would be a great assignment for them - to come up with examples in current children's literature of his five themes. Another assignment would be to come up with another recurring theme in children's literatu [...]


    5. I enjoyed the five principles he covers in the book: snugness, scariness, smallness, lightness, and aliveness. He gets repetitive at times and the text is equal parts tedious and charming. At times I really enjoyed his word play and imagery, and other times I felt bogged down by them. Overall, I'm glad I read it.


    6. Italo Calvino's epigraph invites to revisit the important books of their childhood, because even if the books haven't changed, their readers have, and the encounter will be a new thing.Griswold considers five recurring themes in Children's Literature: Snugness: of times and places for daydreams and happiness, Scariness: that can be mastered and that awakens a vivid sense of self, Smallness: that presents alternatives to adult consensus of importance, Lightness: of body, mind, and spirit, and Ali [...]


    7. This is a beautiful little book with lovely illustrations from many well-loved children's books. In it, Griswold explores five major themes in children's literature in new and interesting ways, through five essays entitled Snugness, Scariness, Smallness, Lightness, and Aliveness. My only beef is that he refers to "classic" children's books pretty much exclusively (The Wind in the Willows, Stuart Little, Peter Pan, etc.). While this might be appealing to a larger audience of adults who are famili [...]


    8. Jerry Griswold explores the unique qualities of childhood experience and the ways in which they reappear as frequent themes in children's literature. The themes include: snugness, scariness, smallness, lightness, and aliveness. "There should therefore be a time in adult life devoted to revisiting the most important books of our youth Even if the books have remained the same,we have most certainly changed, adn our encounter with them will be a new thing" (Italo Calvino, The Uses of Literature).UN [...]


    9. Great for professionals working with children's literature, kids, or simply if you are reminiscent of the feeling you had when you were a child reading. Examines the way that successful children's literature emotionally resonates with children. Beautifully constructed, from the feel and cut of the paper to the cover and page design.


    10. A lovely meditation on what Griswold identifies as key themes for him in children's literature - snugness, scariness, smallness, lightness and aliveness - beautifully written and chock full of great images too!


    11. Written like an extended term paper, this book demonstrates the things that make children's literature unique. A lovely little book with lots of quotes from beloved stories like Wind in the Willows and Mary Poppins.


    12. Smiles all through the book, read this in an hour. It divides into themes that we as a child experienced and why books scare us as a child. Books that made us dream big, books that made us feel snuggly, etc.


    13. Very cute little book addressing five recurrent themes: snugness, scariness, smallness, lightness, and aliveness. Full of classic illustrations too. A real charming book.




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