Inside Picture Books by Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz

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Why do images from beloved childhood picture books linger in our minds? How do picture books shape our lives early on and even into adulthood? In this book Ellen Handler Spitz explores the profound impact of reading to children -- on the reader as well as the listener. She discusses well-known picture books and how they transmit psychological wisdom, convey moral lessons, shape tastes, and build a special bond between the child and the adult reader.
 

About Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz

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Ellen Handler Spitz is an independent scholar and cultural critic who has published widely on the arts and psychoanalysis. She was a Gethy Scholar in 1989 and 1990 and has taught at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She currently holds an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the Cornell University Medical College. She is the author of "Art and Psyche and Image and Insight".
 
Published April 10, 1999 by Yale University Press. 224 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Whether examining motifs of darkness and abandonment in Margaret Wise Brown's classic bedtime tale Goodnight Moon, a child's yearning for power and independence in Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are or gender stereotyping in Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit (comparing the bold an...

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Picture books, she says, since most often read at bedtime, "should generally not introduce messages...

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While Spitz lists important theoretical books about children and literature by Jacqueline Rose and Virginia Blum in her bibliography, the text of Inside Picture Books offers no evidence that she has read them or considered the ideas they contain.

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While Spitz lists important theoretical books about children and literature by Jacqueline Rose and Virginia Blum in her bibliography, the text of Inside Picture Books offers no evidence that she has read them or considered the ideas they contain.

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