B4 Books Chosen.
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
-I chose this book because it seemed like a very basic starting point for children's literature. It combines simple pictures of familiar items with their names and has a very clear purpose.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
-This book teaches colors and animal names while using simple repetition and rhyming to hold attention. It seemed like a good early reader's educational book.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
-One of the favorite books of a child i know. I thought i would look into it to see if it was educationally beneficial to him as well as entertaining.
Keeper of Soles by Teresa Bateman
-I chose this book simply because it touched on dealing with death. This is something that very few childrens writers will go near and i wanted to see how this author would approach it.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
-I remember this book from my childhood and i personally think its a moving book for any age reader. I want to revisit it and see if its still as emotionally packed a book as i recall.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barret
- I have always loved this book and recently went to see the the film adaptation which i thought was a remarkable success. I remember this book being extremely busy, however and i want to look at it from this perspective to see if it is actually appropriate for preschoolers.
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
-This book is a masterpiece of sequential art story telling. It holds meaning and lessons for anyone that could possibly read this book. I had never thought of it as a children's book, however, and i want to look at it in this light.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Caroll
-I chose this because, really, you cant investigate children's literature without hearing the name Caroll over and over again. I want to assess how this book has held up over the decades and compare it to modern stories.
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
- Another classic that is synonymous with the phrase: children's story. I realized that i never read this the entire way through and I feel that i owe it to myself to re-read it from an adult perspective and find any of the references i may have missed as a child. What an adult and a child might get from this book could, potentially, be extremely different