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。
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.
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.