Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Picture Books for Children: Fiction, Folktales and Poetry

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Picture Books for Children: Fiction, Folktales and Poetry

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Picture Books for Children: Fiction, Folktales and Poetry. By Mary Northrup. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 200 p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 9780838911440).

In this revised edition of Picture Books for Children by Patricia J. Cianciolo, Picture Books for Children: Fiction, Folktales and Poetry author Mary Northrup updates previous editions by including the best children's pictures books published in the last decade for older children (four to eight years). The first chapter, "Where Art and Words Come Together," is a brief treatise on how picture books work. Northrup discusses trends in the field and explains how to evaluate books by examining each element of story. She also discusses the elements of art and their importance in portraying the elements of story. A sidebar analysis of illustration styles shows how each technique contributes to the whole of the picture book. Northrup discusses the growing use of technology and digital art as well as the currency of e-books and apps. The remaining chapters of the book reflect the social development of the child. Beginning with personal concerns and family relationships in the "My Family and Myself" chapter, the book continues with "In My Community" and "Out in the World." Northrup ends with chapters on "The World of Imagination" and "Folktales and Fairy Tales." Each chapter is an extensive listing of current picture books, with complete bibliographic information as well as intended audience. …

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