Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Children's Literature, Briefly: Chapter 13 Biography

This was a good chapter to read because I had kind of forgot about biographies for children. The book is 100% right about the criteria that make a good biography, accurate facts, using direct quotes, allowing actions and quotes of subjects speak for themselves, and abiding by good writing rules. I was really surprised to read that until the 1960s children's biographies were commonly fictionalize! What?!? That seems so crazy to me that they would divert from actual facts just because they were writing a book for children. Biographies make for a great supplemental reading, I think, when studying history and social studies. They make you feel closer to the actual events that took place because you begin to know the people who were actually there and living.

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