Classics of Children's Literature

Classics of Children's Literature

by John W. Griffith, Charles H. Frey

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Overview

This anthology provides—in a convenient, readable and economical format—the most celebrated and enduring children's literary works in the English-speaking tradition. Its unique approach presents novels, stories, fairy tales, nursery rhymes and poems in their entirety. The authors' objective is to make readily available to all students the full texts of genuine literary milestones—works that demonstrate the dignity, vitality, and durability of children's classics. These include Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, London's The Call of the Wild, and more in a gender-balanced, well-edited, well-introduced assortment of the most profoundly imaginative, highly significant, and genuinely classic works in children's literature. For those interested in literature, children's literature, the history of children's literature, or library science.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780023472909
Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date: 12/28/1991
Edition description: REV
Pages: 1440

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Classics of Children's Literature now enters its sixth edition, devoted, as it has been from the start, to providing, in a readable, convenient, and economical format, the most celebrated and enduring works of children's literature in the English-speaking tradition. Since our anthology first appeared in 1981, it has contained, in their entirety, a core of immortal works: Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Wind in the Willows, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, Joseph Jacobs, and Hans Christian Andersen. In subsequent editions we have added works of comparable stature: Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, James Barrie's Peter Pan, and L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables.

Now, in this new edition, we add E. B. White's modern masterpiece, Charlotte's Web; Margery William Bianco's classic fantasy, The Velveteen Rabbit; the Mowgli stories from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Books; and an array of children's verses: John Newbery's Mother Goose's Melody, Heinrich Hoffmann's Struwwelpeter, nonsense verse by Edward Lear, and sixteen poems from Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses. Our aim has been to preserve and enhance the virtues of our original anthology: to make readily available the full texts of genuine literary milestones, works demonstrating the dignity, vitality, and durability of children's classics in the Western tradition.

In making these choices, we have been helped and guided by the comments of fellow educators, to whom we express our gratitude: Annette Wannamaker, Eastern Michigan University; Edna D. Butterfield, Freed-Hardeman University; Frederic Giacobazzi, Kirtland Community College; Joyce Schenk, El Camino College; Sandra Feldman, Senoma State University; Kathyrn V Graham, Virginia State University; Patricia A. Leek, University of Texas-Dallas.

Considerations of space and the economics of book publishing have not allowed us to follow every intelligent suggestion we received, and we trust that many instructors will supplement our text with other literary works, especially from the modern period.

John W. Griffith Charles H. Frey

Table of Contents

Preface.
Introduction.
Charles Perrault (1623-1703).
The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods. Little Red Riding-hood. Blue Beard. The Master Cat, or Puss in Boots. Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper.

Mme Le Prince de Beaumont (1711-1780).
Beauty and the Beast.

The Brother's Grimm (Jacob, 1785-1863; Wilheim, 1786-1859).
Snow-white. The Frog Prince. Hansel and Grethel. Rumpelstiltskin. Mother Hulda. The Bremen Town Musicians. Aschenputtel. The Fisherman and His Wife. The Brave Little Tailor. The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids. Rupunzel. The Robber Bridegroom. The Almond Tree. The Sleeping Beauty.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875).
The Snow Queen: A Tale in Seven Stories. The Little Mermaid. The Princess and the Pea. The Tinder Box. The Little Match Girl. The Swineherd. The Emperor's New Clothes. The Steadfast Tin Soldier. The Ugly Duckling.

Peter Asbjörnsen and Jörgen Moe (1812-1885; 1813-1882).
East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon. The Three Billy-goats Gruff.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870).
A Christmas Carol.

John Ruskin (1819-1900).
The King of the Golden River; Or, The Black Brothers.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888).
Little Women.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898).
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Mark Twain (1835-1910).
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924).
The Secret Garden.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894).
Treasure Island.

Joseph Jacobs (1854-1916).
Tom Tit Tot. Jack and the Beanstalk. The Story of the Three Little Pigs. The Story of the Three Bears. Henny-Penny. Molly Whuppie. Lazy Jack. Johnny-Cake. Master of All Masters.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919).
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932).
The Wind in the Willows.

James M. Barrie (1860-1937).
Peter Pan.

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943).
The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

L.M. Montgomery (1874-1942).
Anne of Green Gables.

Jack London (1876-1916).
The Call of the Wild.

Index of Authors, Titles.

Preface

Classics of Children's Literature now enters its sixth edition, devoted, as it has been from the start, to providing, in a readable, convenient, and economical format, the most celebrated and enduring works of children's literature in the English-speaking tradition. Since our anthology first appeared in 1981, it has contained, in their entirety, a core of immortal works: Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Wind in the Willows, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, Joseph Jacobs, and Hans Christian Andersen. In subsequent editions we have added works of comparable stature: Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, James Barrie's Peter Pan, and L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables.

Now, in this new edition, we add E. B. White's modern masterpiece, Charlotte's Web; Margery William Bianco's classic fantasy, The Velveteen Rabbit; the Mowgli stories from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Books; and an array of children's verses: John Newbery's Mother Goose's Melody, Heinrich Hoffmann's Struwwelpeter, nonsense verse by Edward Lear, and sixteen poems from Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses. Our aim has been to preserve and enhance the virtues of our original anthology: to make readily available the full texts of genuine literary milestones, works demonstrating the dignity, vitality, and durability of children's classics in the Western tradition.

In making these choices, we have been helped and guided by the comments of fellow educators, to whom we express our gratitude: Annette Wannamaker, Eastern Michigan University; Edna D. Butterfield, Freed-Hardeman University; Frederic Giacobazzi, Kirtland Community College; Joyce Schenk, El Camino College; Sandra Feldman, Senoma State University; Kathyrn V Graham, Virginia State University; Patricia A. Leek, University of Texas-Dallas.

Considerations of space and the economics of book publishing have not allowed us to follow every intelligent suggestion we received, and we trust that many instructors will supplement our text with other literary works, especially from the modern period.

John W. Griffith
Charles H. Frey

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