The ABC of it : why children's books matter / Leonard S. Marcus ; foreword by Lisa Von Drasek ; designed by Lauren Stringer ; contributing editors: Lisa Von Drasek, JoAnn Jonas, Mary Schultz, Lauren Stringer.

Marcus, Leonard S., 1950- [Browse]
  • [Minneapolis] : University of Minnesota Libraries, Children's Literature Research Collections, Kerlan Collection
  • Minneapolis ; London : Distributed by the University of Minnesota Press, [2019]
  • ©2019
vii, 231 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm


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"More than half a million visitors to the New York Public Library viewed an exhibition about the role that children's books play in world culture and in our lives. After it had closed, attendees clamored for a catalog of "The ABC of It" as well as for the insightful commentary of children's literature historian Leonard S. Marcus about the objects on display. This book, a collaboration between the University of Minnesota's Kerlan Collection of Children's Literature and Leonard S. Marcus, now makes the vision and experience of the exhibition available everywhere"-- Provided by publisher.
  • Exhibition catalog of the most popular show in the history of the New York Public Library, running from June 2013 to September, 2014.
  • "The printing of this catalog was made possible by the generous support of Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund."--Title page verso.
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"Suggested reading" (page 230).
Foreword -- Introduction -- Visions of childhood. Sinful or pure? The spiritual child ; A blank slate: the rational child ; A question of class ; From rote to rhyme ; The work of play: the progressive child ; Kerlan features: Goodnight Moon ; Building citizens: the patriotic child ; Down the rabbit hole ; Kerlan features: Alice around the world ; In nature's classroom: the romantic child ; A great Dane: Hans Christian Andersen ; Kerlan features: Tenggren tells-it-again -- Off the shelf: giving and getting books. Gift books: visual splendor ; Kerlan features: The poky little puppy ; "Write" off the assembly line ; No dogs or children allowed ; Kerlan features: Meeting Beatrix Potter ; Storyteller en la Biblioteca: Pura Belpré ; Book week ; Lights out: reading under the covers -- Censorship: raising a ruckus -- The art of the picture book. A master of motion: Randolph Caldecott ; A homespun Expressionist: Wanda Gág ;Kerlan features: Millions of cats ; The size and shape of things ; The new Leonardo: Bruno Munari ; Kerlan features: Virginia Lee Burton's Little House ;Pop culture ; Humpty Dumpty ; Mary Poppins ; The secret garden ; The Wizard of Oz ; The story of Ferdinand ; Harry Potter ; Comics grow up: graphic novels ; Kerlan features: Baby Mouse: Queen of the World! ; Storied city: New York -- Coda: From the Kerlan.
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