Dr. Roberta Seelinger Trites Office: STV 337

438-3297; seeling@ilstu.edu Office hours: TR 1-2

English 271: Literature for the Young Child

Course objective: In this class we will analyze the literary aspects ©f be©ks written for children from kindergarten to the third grade.

Required texts:

David & Meek, Twelve Dancing Princesses Dundes, Little Red-Riding Hood: A Casebook Kennedy & Kennedy, Knock at a Star

Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

Say, The Lost Lake

Taylor, Song of the Trees

Reserve readings in Milner

Course requirements:


Two exams: 20% each
Paper (appx. 2500 words) : 25%
Final exam: 25%
Daily grade/participation: 10%

* Students are expected to attend class. Three absences will adversely affect your daily grade; five will affect your final grade; seven may result in failure.

* Any assignment that is late will be penalized one letter grade per day that it is late.

* I expect you to have read the assignments listed on the syllabus before you come to class. The number of pop quizzes I give is directly proportional to my sensing a general lack of preparation.

* Please type the out-of-class paper double-spaced with one-inch margins on standard typing paper. (Word processors are OK.) Proofread everything you turn in, because grammar, organization, and mechanics are a substantial part of every grade you receive.

* Plagiarism, collusion, or any act of cheating is intolerable. I will report such incidences to the Dean's office.

* I will not discuss any evaluation I have given your work until at least twenty-four hours after you have received the evaluation.

* You earn your grade by performance, not by negotiation. Unless I have made an error of computation, please do not ask me to raise your grade.

Reading schedule for English 271.

August 19: Introduction

August 21: Chambers (2 articles on reserve: "The Role of Literature in

Children's Lives" and "The Reader in the Book")

August 26: Hollindale, "Ideology and the Children's Book"

August 28: Paul, "Enigma Variations" and Kertzer "This Quiet Lady" (both on reserve)

September 2 - 4: Humor

September 9: Knock at a Star (read the entire intro) September 11: Knock at a Star, cont'd

September 16: Storytelling and story-Sharing

September 18. Prepare a 5-minute story to share

September 23: Exam I

September 25: Intro to picture books (bring Wild Things)

September 30: preliminary topics due; Wild Things and directed tension October 2: Moebius, "Intro to Picture Book Codes" and Nodelman

"Chapter 7, The Relationship of Pictures and Words" from Words About Pictures (both on reserve)

October 7: Information books

October 9: Arakelian "Minnows into Whales" (on reserve) and Seuss' Mulberry St. and McElligot's Pool (both on reserve) READ SEUSS FIRST !

October 14: Neumeyer, "How Picture Books Mean" and Ford, "Resurrection

Twins" (both on reserve),

October 16: Johnson, "I See Me in the Book" (on reserve) and The Lost


October 21: Exam II

October 23: Twelve Dancing Princesses 29-36, 50-53, 54-63, 125-135

October 28: Twelve Dancing Princesses 101-110, 211-219, 240-250

October 30: Bottigheimer "Fairy-Tales and Children's Literature," Yolen

"The Moon Ribbon" and Johnston "Tatterhood" (all 3 on reserve)

November 4: Twelve Dancing Princesses 155-170 and 251-274, 5 sources due November 6: Hanks "Perrault's Little Red Riding Hood: Victim of the

Revisers" and Little Red-Riding Hood: A Casebook 3-25

November 11: LRRH Casebook 121-58

November 13: LRRH Casebook 159-238

November 18: Writing workshop November 20: Term papers due

November 25: Make-up class

December 2: Song of the Trees December 4: Review