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Pages: 408

Language: English

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (26 Aug. 2008)

By: Perry Nodelman (Author)

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What exactly is a children’:s book? How is children’:s literature defined as a genre? A leading scholar presents close readings of six classic stories to answer these questions and offer a clear definition of children’:s writing as a distinct literary form.

Perry Nodelman begins by considering the plots, themes, and structures of six works: 'The Purple Jar,' Alice in Wonderland, Dr. Doolittle, Henry Huggins, The Snowy Day, and Plain City―:all written for young people of varying ages in different times and places―:to identify shared characteristics. He points out markers in each work that allow the adult reader to understand it as a children’:s story, shedding light on ingrained adult assumptions and revealing the ways in which adult knowledge and experience remain hidden in apparently simple and innocent texts.

Nodelman then engages a wide range of views of children's literature from authors, literary critics, cultural theorists, and specialists in education and information sciences. Through this informed dialogue, Nodelman develops a comprehensive theory of children's literature, exploring its commonalities and shared themes.

The Hidden Adult is a focused and sophisticated analysis of children’:s literature and a major contribution to the theory and criticism of the genre.

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