Kindle Gillian Avery î î Behold the Child American Children and Their Books 1621

In Behold the Child Gillian Avery offers an engaging account of children's literature in America from colonial times to the early twentieth century Exploring a variety of social cultural and practical forces Avery shows how the literature of the old world influenced that of the new and describes the emergence of uniuely American styles and themes in children's books Her topics include the early days of colonial publishing the defenders and detractors of Mother Goose the influence of Sunday schools and tract societies the chaste eroticism of romantic fiction for young readers and changing notions of American heroes and heroines

13 thoughts on “Behold the Child American Children and Their Books 1621 1922

  1. says:

    This was a really informative and helpful read in studying and pinpointing the origins of children's literature in America Avery does a great job noting the differences between English and American perceptions of children and what each nation believed their literature should encourage in children whether whimsy industriousness religious values imagination etc It is clear that Avery tirelessly researched in order to write this book as well as discovered some great finds in archives and libraries I have lots of notes for potential springing off points and a much longer children's literature to read list thanks to this book

  2. says:

    This is a very good academic tome on the early history of American children's literature Not for the faint of heart and they are better books if you are interested in this topic and not doing research Still an excellent read