Children's Literature Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Children's Literature
This paper examines "Hana's Suitcase" and "The Paper Bag Princess" as both employing a mature theme of survival.
# 87787 | 900 words | 3 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Literature (Children)

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This paper analyzes the mature theme of survival as discussed in Rebecca Lukens' work "The Critical Handbook of Children's Literature." Using "Hana's Suitcase" and "The Paper Bag Princess" as examples, the paper looks closely at the plot, characterization and setting of these two works in order to determine the mature theme and its effects upon the readers.

From the Paper:

"Children's literature can often be a source of education for children and this instruction can either be personal or school-related data. Rebecca Lukens, author of "A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature," explains how themes can be instrumental in this education. Some pieces of children's literature, such as "Hana's Suitcase" and "The Paper Bag Princess" have included such mature themes to engage their readers in their stories. The mature theme of survival, as found in the texts of "Hana's Suitcase" by Karen Levine and "The Paper Bag Princess" by Robert Munsch, is illustrated through the use of plot, character and setting. The plot of "Hana's Suitcase" shows examples of the mature theme of survival. As Lukens states, the theme is "one that enlarges our understanding and the one we discover for ourselves" (93)."

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