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From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Books (edição: 2010)

de Kathleen T Horning (Autor)

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An invaluable resource for professionals who wish to write book evaluations--and for all serious fans of children's literature! This revised edition of From Cover to Cover offers a fresh, up-to-date look at some of the best examples of children's literature and also includes practical advice on how to write clearly articulated, reasoned opinions so that others can learn about books they have not yet read. A brief, updated introduction clearly explains how children's books evolve from manuscripts into bound books and the importance of the many different parts of a book (jacket flaps, title page, copyright, etc.) and changes in the children's book industry, such as the creation of two new major genre awards. In addition, the author demonstrates how to think about and critically evaluate several different genres of children's books. Included are sections about books of information (and the author's responsibility to document sources); traditional literature (myths, legends, tall tales, folktales); poetry, verse, rhymes, and songs; picture books; easy readers and traditional books; and fiction and graphic novels. There is also a concluding chapter on how to write reviews that are both descriptive and analytical, including a segment on children's literature blogs. Updated material includes: *An introduction that reflects the many changes in the children's book industry *A section on genres, including a discussion of graphic novels *A section on children's literature blogs *An introduction of two new major genre awards: the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award *And more than 90% of the books cited have been updated from the first edition to more recent publications!… (mais)
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Título:From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Books
Autores:Kathleen T Horning (Autor)
Informação:HarperCollins (2010), Edition: 1, 240 pages
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Incredibly clear and useful; clarifying for those with experience, invaluable for those just starting out.

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Chapter 1:

Parts of a book:
--binding (cover, endpapers, leaves, verso/recto)
--front matter (half title, title page, copyright page, edition vs printings, dedication, acknowledgments, preface, foreword, table of contents, part-title page (e.g. Part One))
--back matter (epilogue, afterword, appendix, glossary, source notes, bibliography, index, bio)

Categories of children's books (by age level and genre/type):
--nonfiction, poetry, folklore
--fiction (picture books, easy readers, transitional books, chapter books)

Ch. 3: Traditional Literature
Mythology, epics, legends, tall tales, urban legends, fables, folktales (cumulative, pourquoi, beast tales, fairy tales, realistic)

Because all traditional literature has its origins in oral storytelling, it is important to look closely at the language that is used in any tale you evaluate. (60)

Ch. 4: Poetry, Verse, Rhymes, and Songs
Rhythm, rhyme, and the pleasurable sounds that words make can appeal to children from a very early age. (68)

Both poetry and verse use patterned language to condense thoughts and ideas into a structured form. [Verse rarely strays from structure; poetry often does.] (77)

Poetry collections (single poets and anthologies), verse novels, songs, nursery rhymes

Chapter 5: Picture Books

Picture books present a special challenge to the critic because they require evaluation of art, text, and how the two work together to create a unique art form. (85)

Picture books function best as a shared experience between a fluent reader and a prereader [and must be enjoyable for both] (87)

Text: must be short (32 pages, 40 or 48 at most; preschoolers' attention spans).
In order to evaluate PB, we must ask ourselves not only "What is this story about?" but also "How is this story told?" (88)

Text structure, patterned language, rhythm, rhyme, repetition, questions, predictability, pace

In standard 32pg PB, there will be 15 or 16 segments of text. Each of these segments is rather like a chapter in a novel: Something must happen to move the story along or to add to the overall mood of the book. If too much happens in one segment, however, it can throw off the pace of the story. (95)

Pictures:
Visual elements: line, shape, texture, color (hue, value, chroma, warm/cool, primary/secondary, complementary), value
Composition: dominance, balance, contrast, gradation, alternation, variation, harmony, unity.

Linear style (drawing, emphasizing line), painterly style (paint, emphasizing color and tone), p. 105
Drawing: pen and ink, pencil or graphite, pastel, scratchboard.
Painting: gouache, poster paint, tempera, watercolor, oil, acrylic
Printmaking, collage, photography, digital art

Style: realistic, abstract, surrealistic, nonobjective (uncommon in PB except in backgrounds), impressionistic, expressionistic, naive, folk art (striking use of color, lack of perspective, use of stylized pattern, simple shapes), cartoon art. ( )
  JennyArch | Jun 17, 2021 |
This book contains some useful advice on what to consider when evaluating children's books, and a wealth of references to worthwhile children's books, but it was fairly dull.

Too much time, I felt, was spent on tangential issues, such as details of publication, what are endpapers, what is the difference between a printing and an edition, and so forth. While of course it is useful to know the right terms to use when discussing a book, and some insight into the publishing process can be helpful, ultimately this feels like it takes up a disproportionate amount of space in what is a fairly short book.

My other major criticism is that the wealth of references to children's books, which I mentioned above, is both a strength and a weakness. For example, Horning spends some time discussing how the illustrations in a picture book should support and enhance the text, using Goodnight Moon as an example. For readers unfamiliar with that book, this discussion will be far less helpful. Not too big of an issue with such a very popular book, but many other, less well-known books are mentioned as good examples of a type, without a great deal of explanation why--it would be necessary to acquire and investigate each of these books to understand the points Horning makes.

From Cover to Cover is useful, but doesn't stand alone as a complete guide to evaluation and review of children's books. ( )
  Sopoforic | Feb 6, 2014 |
Essential. ( )
  adge73 | Jul 14, 2006 |
An excellent resource for anyone who wishes to know more about how to evaluate and review children's books. Great for librarians, teachers, reviewers, and even parents. ( )
  Crowyhead | Nov 20, 2005 |
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An invaluable resource for professionals who wish to write book evaluations--and for all serious fans of children's literature! This revised edition of From Cover to Cover offers a fresh, up-to-date look at some of the best examples of children's literature and also includes practical advice on how to write clearly articulated, reasoned opinions so that others can learn about books they have not yet read. A brief, updated introduction clearly explains how children's books evolve from manuscripts into bound books and the importance of the many different parts of a book (jacket flaps, title page, copyright, etc.) and changes in the children's book industry, such as the creation of two new major genre awards. In addition, the author demonstrates how to think about and critically evaluate several different genres of children's books. Included are sections about books of information (and the author's responsibility to document sources); traditional literature (myths, legends, tall tales, folktales); poetry, verse, rhymes, and songs; picture books; easy readers and traditional books; and fiction and graphic novels. There is also a concluding chapter on how to write reviews that are both descriptive and analytical, including a segment on children's literature blogs. Updated material includes: *An introduction that reflects the many changes in the children's book industry *A section on genres, including a discussion of graphic novels *A section on children's literature blogs *An introduction of two new major genre awards: the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award *And more than 90% of the books cited have been updated from the first edition to more recent publications!

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