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Children's Literature A Textbook of Sources for Teachers and Teacher-Training Classes   By: (1869-1944)

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Children's Literature: A Textbook of Sources for Teachers and Teacher-Training Classes by Charles Madison Curry is a comprehensive guide that every educator involved in teaching young minds should have on their bookshelf.

This textbook serves as an invaluable resource for teachers and aspiring educators, providing a vast collection of sources and references for children's literature. From classic tales to modern works, Curry presents an extensive array of children's literature that spans various genres, styles, and themes.

One of the book's strengths lies in its organization, which is meticulous and user-friendly. Curry divides the book into sections that cover different aspects of children's literature, such as fairy tales, folklore, nursery rhymes, and poetry. Each section is further classified into subcategories, allowing readers to easily navigate through the vast amount of information presented.

Curry's selection of texts is diverse and inclusive, showcasing an appreciation for literature from various cultures and time periods. This helps teachers create an inclusive and multicultural reading experience for their students. Additionally, the inclusion of different genres encourages educators to explore beyond the conventional, broadening their pedagogical approach and fostering creativity in the classroom.

Furthermore, Children's Literature offers useful pedagogical insights and teaching strategies for each literary category. Curry's suggestions for how to approach different texts, engage students, and encourage critical thinking provide a valuable framework for teachers. These practical tips are particularly helpful for those in teacher-training classes, where the focus is on developing effective teaching methods.

Another commendable aspect of the book is Curry's attention to historical context. He provides valuable background information on the authors and their works, shedding light on the social and cultural influences that shaped these stories. This contextual knowledge not only enhances the reading experience but also encourages readers to engage in deeper discussions with their students.

The only potential drawback is the absence of more recent works in the ever-evolving landscape of children's literature. Although the book covers a wide range of timeless classics, it would benefit from including more contemporary pieces to reflect the current literary scene.

Overall, Children's Literature: A Textbook of Sources for Teachers and Teacher-Training Classes is an indispensable resource that equips educators with an extensive collection of children's literature and the tools to effectively teach it. Charles Madison Curry's meticulous organization, diverse selection, and insightful pedagogical guidance make this textbook a must-have for anyone involved in teaching young minds the joys of reading.

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When all the novelists and spinners of elaborate fictions have been read and judged, we shall find that the peasant and the nurse are still unsurpassed as mere narrators. They are the guardians of that treasury of legend which comes to us from the very childhood of nations; they and their tales are the abstract and brief chronicles, not of an age merely, but of the whole race of man. It is theirs to keep alive the great art of telling stories as a thing wholly apart from and independent of the art of writing stories, and to pass on their art to children and to children's children. They abide in a realm of their own, in blessed isolation from that world of professional authors and their milk and water books "for children." C. B. TINKER, "In Praise of Nursery Lore," The Unpopular Review , October December, 1916.




BY CHARLES MADISON CURRY AND ERLE ELSWORTH CLIPPINGER Professors of Literature in the Indiana State Normal School



Copyright, 1920, by RAND MCNALLY & COMPANY

Copyright, 1921, by RAND MCNALLY & COMPANY All rights reserved Edition of 1926


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