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The Children’s Book
by A. S. Byatt

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From the renowned author of Possession, The Children’s Book is the absorbing story of the close of what has been called the Edwardian summer: the deceptively languid, blissful period that ended with the cataclysmic destruction of World War I. In this compelling novel, A.S. Byatt summons up a whole era, revealing that beneath its golden surface lay tensions that would explode into war, revolution and unbelievable change — for the generation that came of age before 1914 and, most of all, for their children. The novel centres around Olive Wellwood, a fairy tale writer, and her circle, which includes the brilliant, erratic craftsman Benedict Fludd and his apprentice Phillip Warren, a runaway from the poverty of the Potteries; Prosper Cain, the soldier who directs what will become the Victoria and Albert Museum; Olive’s brother-in-law Basil Wellwood, an officer of the Bank of England; and many others from every layer of society. A.S. Byatt traces their lives in intimate detail and moves between generations, following the children who must choose whether to follow the roles expected of them or stand up to their parents’ “porcelain socialism.” Olive’s daughter Dorothy wishes to become a doctor, while her other daughter, Hedda, wants to fight for votes for women. Her son Tom, sent to an upper-class school, wants nothing more than to spend time in the woods, tracking birds and foxes. Her nephew Charles becomes embroiled with German-influenced revolutionaries. Their portraits connect the political issues at the heart of nascent feminism and socialism with grave personal dilemmas, interlacing until The Children’s Book becomes a perfect depiction of an entire world. Olive is a fairy tale writer in the era of Peter Pan and Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind In the Willows, not long after Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. At a time when children in England suffered deprivation by the millions, the concept of childhood was being refined and elaborated in ways that still influence us today. For each of her children, Olive writes a special, private book, bound in a different colour and placed on a shelf; when these same children are ferried off into the unremitting destruction of the Great War, the reader is left to wonder who the real children in this novel are. The Children’s Book is an astonishing novel. It is an historical feat that brings to life an era that helped shape our own as well as a gripping, personal novel about parents and children, life’s most painful struggles and its richest pleasures. No other writer could have imagined it or created it. From the Hardcover edition.


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A. S. Byatt
Fiction
Vintage Canada

Children
by Gail Saunders-Smith

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In simple text and photographs, describes the accomplishments of a child growing from a baby to a toddler and finally to a young child.


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Gail Saunders-Smith
Juvenile Nonfiction
Capstone

Handbook of Children, Culture, and Violence
by Nancy E. Dowd, Dorothy G. Singer, Robin Fretwell Wilson

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The Handbook of Children, Culture, and Violence provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of childhood violence that considers children as both consumers and perpetrators of violence, as well as victims of it. This Handbook is the first single volume to consider situations when children are responsible for violence, rather than focusing exclusively on occasions when they are victimized.


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Nancy E. Dowd, Dorothy G. Singer, Robin Fretwell Wilson
Psychology
SAGE

Handbook of Children and the Media
by Dorothy G. Singer, Jerome L. Singer

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Now available in paperback the Handbook of Children and the Media is the first comprehensive analysis of the field for students, scholars, and policy makers. It brings together an interdisciplinary group of the best-known scholars from around the world to summarize the current scope of research on children and the media, suggest directions for future research, and underscore policy and practical implications. In addition to the `traditional’ media of television, film, and advertising, `new media’ such as the Internet and video games are also included. The Handbook is primarily a reference work for researchers, teachers, and students in communication, psychology, family studies, education, sociology, public policy and other related fields, but will also serve as a valuable resource for policy makers, media professionals and activists.


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Dorothy G. Singer, Jerome L. Singer
Psychology
SAGE

How Language Comes to Children
by Bénédicte de Boysson-Bardies, M. B. DeBevoise

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That children learn to speak so skillfully at a young age has long fascinated adults.Most children virtually master their native tongue even before learning to tie their shoelaces. Theability to acquire language has historically been regarded as a “gift” — a view given scientificfoundation only in the present century by Noam Chomsky’s theory of “universal grammar,” which positsan innate knowledge of the principles that structure all languages. In thisdelightful, accessible book, psycholinguist Bénédicte de Boysson-Bardies presents a broad picture oflanguage development, from fetal development to the toddler years, and examines a wide range ofpuzzling questions: How do newborns recognize elements of speech? How do they distinguish them fromnonspeech sounds? How do they organize and analyze them? How do they ultimately come to understandand reproduce these sounds? Finally, how does the ability to communicate through language emerge inchildren? Boysson-Bardies also addresses questions of particular interest to parents, such aswhether one should speak to children in a special way to facilitate language learning and whetherthere is cause to worry when a twenty-month-old child does not yet speak. Although the authorprovides a clear summary of the current state of language acquisition theory, the special appeal ofthe book lies in her research and “dialogue” with her many young subjects.


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Bénédicte de Boysson-Bardies, M. B. DeBevoise
Psychology
MIT Press

The Children of Aataentsic
by Bruce G. Trigger

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The Children of Aataentsic is both a full-scale ethnohistory of the Huron Indian confederacy and a far-reaching study of the causes of its collapse under the impact of the Iroquois attacks of 1649. Drawing upon the archaeological context, the ethnography


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Bruce G. Trigger
History
McGill-Queen’s Press – MQUP

For the Good of the Children
by Gay Pitman Zieger

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The story of a notable children’s institution founded at the turn of the twentieth century, this book looks at the lives of troubled children and those who helped them, and illuminates major shifts in America’s child welfare system.


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Gay Pitman Zieger
History
Wayne State University Press

Children and Television
by Barrie Gunter, Jill L. McAleer

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This revised second edition of the text provides a comprehensive review of recent literature on television’s effect on children. It covers all the major topics surrounding children and TV.


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Barrie Gunter, Jill L. McAleer
Performing Arts
Psychology Press

Children, Technology, and Culture
by Phil Mizen, Ian Hutchby, Christopher John Pole, Jo Moran-Ellis, Angela Bolton

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Childhood is increasingly saturated by technology: from television to the Internet, video games to ‘video nasties’, camcorders to personal computers. Children, Technology and Culture looks at the interplay of children and technology which poses critical questions for how we understand the nature of childhood in late modern society. This collection brings together researchers from a range of disciplines to address the following four aspects of this relationship between children and technology: *children’s access to technologies and the implications for social relationships *the structural contexts of children’s engagement with technologies with a focus on gender and the family *the situatedness of children’s interactions with technological objects *the constitution of children and childhood through the mediations of technology _ This book represents a substantial contribution to contemporary social scientific thinking both about the nature of children and childhood, the social impacts of technologies and the various relationships between the two.


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Phil Mizen, Ian Hutchby, Christopher John Pole, Jo Moran-Ellis, Angela Bolton
Education
Psychology Press

C. S. Lewis’ Letters to Children
by Clive Staples Lewis

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Contains the text of letters that the famed author wrote to children, as he shared his feelings about school, writing, and animals, among other topics, and demonstrated his deep understanding of young people. Reprint.


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Clive Staples Lewis
Biography & Autobiography
Simon and Schuster