1001 Children's Books: You Must Read Before You Grow Up (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/9/21
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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up is the perfect introduction to the very best books of childhood: those books that have a special place in the heart of every reader. It introduces a wonderfully rich world of literature to parents and their children, offering both new titles and much-loved classics that many generations have read and enjoyed. From wordless picture books and books introducing the first words and sounds of the alphabet through to hard-hitting and edgy teenage fiction, the titles featured in this book reflect the wealth of reading opportunities for children.Browsing the titles in 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up will take you on a journey of discovery into fantasy, adventure, history, contermporary life, and much more. These books will enable you to travel to some of the most famous imaginary worlds such as Narnia, Middle Earth, and Hogwart's School. And the route taken may be pretty strange, too. You may fall down a rabbit hole, as Alice does on her way to Wonderland, or go through the back of a wardrobe to reach the snowy wastes of Narnia.
This latest addition to the acclaimed 1001 series is a guide to the best classic and contemporary children’s literature.
"A survey of influential children's books... An asset for all those who’ve caught—or never lost—the bug." ~Publisher's Weekly
“This 960-page, full-color hardcover is an excellent resource for parents, teachers and librarians, but it also includes just about every title I worshiped when I was younger –
and hundreds I still need to read.” ~USAToday.com
“This stimulating guide — international in scope — includes many books you’ll be grateful to discover or revisit and many more that have been all but forgotten.” ~New York Times Book Review
"Finally, there is a reference book to end all reference books... This fat 960-page tome contains hundreds of the best chosen by great children's authors and critics... Organized by age and brilliantly illustrated, it also pops in all kinds of marvelous lists -- Silly Books, Great Collections of Fables, Recommended Books about Horses, More Great books about Granddads, Great War Books, Time-travel Tales and so on..." ~The Huffington Post --このテキストは、ハードカバー版に関連付けられています。
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I've read around 289 of the books on the list so far to my now 6 year old daughter. Several of the books are popular enough to still be in libraries and book stores. Several of the books are in the public domain and available to read online. However, most of the books are out of print, somewhat obscure and available to purchase only used and likely not at your local used book store. I've only run into a few that were expensive, most of them have been a couple dollars used, but, it adds up. Some of them there are just so few copies listed that you end up stuck buying one in acceptable condition simply because it's the only one you can find on the whole internet.
Then there's the 'unobtainiums'. These are books which seem to have so completely fallen of the face of the earth that you spend months watching for one. For example, "Alvin says Goodnight" by Ulf Lofgren.
Early on, there are picture books which were never published in English. Initially it's not a big deal, you just read the book in the original language and use google translate. Not a big deal. However, later you start running into chapter books that were never translated, like Uppo-Nalle. If you've ever taught yourself to type Finnish characters on a US keyboard, so that you could type it into Google Translate, so that you could end up with a rough translation, so that you could type it up into something that might sound like a children's book, just so you could read it to your bored child who just wants to play Pokemon Go; well, then you really know how to enjoy a Friday night. lol (My apologies for that run-on sentence, I couldn't resist)
I share this to reiterate that for most people the list is not something that can be completed. I have to admit that I cannot finish it. I blame Uppo-Nalle. That little bear just broke me.. Or perhaps it was Finnish that broke me.. lol
This is a large book of 960 pages printed in high gloss paper and since it is a reference book of sorts, it is bell built which will enable it to stand up to much flipping of pages and such. Either the cover of the original publication of each book or and example of illustrations, if appropriate, are provided. The original title (many older books have title changes throughout the years), Nationality, publisher and theme are provided along with the author, illustrator and original date of publication. Each book is given at least one full page of summation and comments; many of which also tell the background of the author and special little factoids about the book.
I will warn you right now that the publishers of this book choose to use a small font and a very, very light font for some reason (I can understand the size but cannot understand the faded color of the font) which makes the book difficult for poor and old eyes. I find that from time to time, even under optimal lighting, that I must use a reading glass on this thing.
The 1001 books covered here; and yes, there are 1001 of them, are most certainly Eurocentric which is one of the few complaints I have about the book but there are other books out there covering other regions of our earth available. Potential buyers should be aware of this. The other complaint I have is that there are number of books listed and summarized that have been published in only their country of origin and are only available in that particular language and there are not English translations...I know as I have hunted for many of them.
I cannot down rank my star rating due to my two complaints because no book can meet the needs of every single reader or researcher...you find 100 different readers or researchers and you will have 100 slightly different needs. That is one of the fun parts of researching...digging up all you can everywhere you can...it is like a treasure hunt!
The book contains color tabs breaking down the books into suggested age appropriate groups starting with 0 to 3 and working through 12 and up.
Now there are two major conflicts found in this work. The first is that not everyone will agree with the books chosen by the publishers. There are thousands and thousands of books published over the past 20 0 years and we all have our favorites. I myself noted at least 20 or 30 books not mentioned in this work that I hold in very high esteem...hey, not book can do it all....... Second, many can argue over the age appropriate designation of each book. A person must remember that all children are different and part of being an adult attempting to help children in their reading program is the ability to KNOW THE CHILD YOU ARE WORKING WITH! As an example, when I was a very, very young child my mother read to me all the Brother’s Grimm tales and I am here to tell you that some of those stories terrified me; as a matter of fact they still do. Was it appropriate for my mother to read those books to me? I don’t know for sure. I don’t feel I was permanently damaged in any way and they were a major force in developing my strong interest in reading so I suppose it was worth a few bad dreams on my part...again, every child is different and again, if you ask 100 people about this subject you will probably get 100 different answers...again...KNOW THE CHILD YOU ARE WORKING WITH!
All in all this is an excellent publication and I have found it very helpful throughout the years.
This book is from my private collection.
I like the quote attributed to Children's Laureate Michael Rosen in the Introduction, "I think of children's books as not so much for children, but as the filling that goes between the child world and the adult world. One way or another, all children's books have to negotiate that space." I think this beautifully sums up the essence of children's literature, and of the blurry lines between the adult world and the children's world, and how these lines change over time. For example, some works deemed inappropriate for children years ago, may be considered quite tame by today's standards.
The book itself has an index of titles at the beginning, which is arranged alphabetically. This is then followed with the 1001 list of children's books, organized in terms of age appropriateness (suggested age group, really), beginning with 0-3, 3+, 5+, 8+, and finally, 12+. At the end of the book there is an index by author/illustrator and a compilation of featured reviewers and picture credits (as far as possible, an attempt has been made to feature the first edition covers in the original language of publication).
The book does not only contain chidlren's books written in English, but a host of titles written in foreign languages such as French, Danish, German, and the Asian languages. This gives the book a universal appeal, though I imagine some of the foreign titles may be difficult to procure, especially if one is looking for English translations of these works. For example, "Tatu and Patu in Helsinki" by Aino Havukainen and Sami Toivonen is a Finnish work, and the title of the English translation is not provided. I had to do some research before I found it, under the title This is Finland.
There might also be some misgivings about the omission of certain titles in this book. I for one, was disappointed to find the Noddy books missing (though I realize these books did have racial stereotypes I loved the creative stories and adventures of Noddy). I was also disheartened to find the Malory Towers series missing, also by one of my favorite children's authors Enid Blyton - books which I devoured over and over again as a child. Many of my favorites are mentioned though, which made me feel happy, especially that of Asterix the Gaul and Tintin, though specific titles are mentioned instead of the entire series. I shuddered a little at seeing "Twilight" listed here, but I suppose there's a certain sense of inevitability about its inclusion given its massive appeal amongst adolescents.
It would have been nice if the author had listed sources where some of the foreign language titles could be obtained, or the availability of the English translation of these works. It is left to the reader to do the research on these titles. Final verdict - a wonderful resource to guide and inform children and adults alike on the great diversity in children's literature, whilst motivating readers to go out and look up some of the interesting yet obscure titles!
As other reviews have said, this book is divided into age ranges: 0-3, 3+, 5+, 8+, and, 12+. Unlike other reviewers, I think the age groupings are spot on. You cannot read every book in the 0-3 category to a 6 month old, that's why it's a range: zero to three. If I get a book and my son isn't ready for it, I make a little note in the margin, e.g., "try again at 4.5."
Some of the books do not exist in English translation. "The Jolly Aunt" and "The Wide-mouthed Frog" come to mind. But 99.8% of the books are at your library, available through interlibrary loan, or can be purchased used, shipped from the UK for under $6.00 at abebooks.com. Some of these books are hard to find, but it is worth finding them.
I've used this book, Jim Trelease's "Read-Aloud Handbook," and Pam Allyn's "What to Read When" as a sort of curriculum for my son. He just turned four, but he is very advanced for his age. Right now he listens to chapter books without pictures that were written for 5th grades for up to 45 min. His teacher said that he should skip kindergarten and go straight to first grade. When he was 3, people often guessed he was 5 or 6. I credit this to our reading curriculum: we try to read 90 minutes per day (three 30 min. sessions). When we began, he could sit through, perhaps, one board book. When he was 3.5 we read Mr. Popper's Penguins and now we're reading Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid and Charles Dickens' The Magic Fishbone.