Death and Loss in Children's Books Analytical Essay by ResearchRiter

Death and Loss in Children's Books
A review of the treatment of death in three children's books.
# 125220 | 1,250 words | 15 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (Children) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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This paper provides a discussion of three children's books that aim to help children cope with loss and/or the death of a loved one or friend in their lives. The lessons of each book, its intended target audience, and the concerns of its author are addressed. The works are: Howard Kaplan's "Waiting to Sing", Constance C. Greene's "Beat the Turtle Drum" and Alvin R. Tresselt's "The Dead Tree".

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"Part of child development or growing up includes the gradual awareness and acceptance of the fact of death. Children's literature that deals with themes of death or loss is typically known as realistic literature, though different works are geared toward developmentally-appropriate age groups and their understanding of death. This analysis will explore the treatment of death in three books written for children that provide a different perspective on the concept, appropriate for different ages. Alvin R. Tresselt's "The Dead Tree', Howard Kaplan's "Waiting to Sing"..."

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