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From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Book

Horning, Kathleen T.
Innerst, Stacy (Illustrator)

Published:March 31, 1997

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Horning articulates the reviewer's goal as "an informed and reasoned opinion clearly articulated so that others can learn about books they haven't seen." Toward that end, she begins with an enlightening discussion on children's publishing and ends with a practical presentation on evaluating books and writing reviews based on sound analysis. In between, she divides the literature into books of information, folklore, poetry, picture books, beginning readers, transitional books, and fiction, and cogently discusses each one. Pleasing design makes the book all the more readable. The appended source notes comprise a complete, chapter-by-chapter listing of books and magazines quoted as well as those simply mentioned in the text. Anyone entering the field of children's book reviewing, or indeed, the wider field of children's literature, will find From Cover to Cover an excellent guide to analyzing books and presenting clear, useful reviews. Carolyn Phelan--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Description:

From Cover To Cover
is a fresh, up-to-date look at some of the best examples of children's literature today, 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.

It includes:

a short explanation of the process of making a children's book from manuscript to final bound book
a description of the importance of the many different parts of a book (jacket flaps, title page, copyright, Cataloging-in-Publication information, etc.)
six thought-provoking chapters that explain how ot think about and critically evaluate several different genres of children's books:

books of information
traditional literature (myths, legends, tall tales, folktales)
poetry, verse, rhymes, and songs
picture books
easy readers and transitional books

a concluding chapter on how to write reviews that are both descriptive and analytical

From Cover To Cover is an invaluable resource for all professionals who wish to write book evaluations that go beyond a simple personal response.
This definitive guide to reviewing children's books makes it effortless for parents, teachers, librarians, children's literature students and general readers who are interested in becoming children's book reviewers to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a children's book. An authoritative reviewer in her own right, Kathleen Horning provides practical guidelines for reading critically, evaluating an initial response, answering questions raised during the first reading, putting a response into words, balancing description with criticism, and writing reviews for a particular audience.

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