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Steeped in stories : timeless children's novels to refresh our tired souls  Cover Image Book Book

Steeped in stories : timeless children's novels to refresh our tired souls / Mitali Perkins.

Perkins, Mitali, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781506469102
  • ISBN: 1506469108
  • Physical Description: vi, 237 pages ; 20 cm
  • Publisher: Minneapolis : Broadleaf Books, [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical notes (pages 223-237).
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: The transformative practice of reading children's classics -- Danger ahead: the elephant in the room -- Seven books, seven virtues: finding goodness in person -- Rigidity and love: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery -- Alienation and faith: Heidi by Johanna Spyri -- despair and hope: Emily of Deep Valley by Maud Hart Lovelace -- Pusillanimity and courage: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien -- Self-indulgence and temperance: Little women by Louisa May Alcott -- Favoritism and justice: A little princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett -- Rashness and prudence: The silver chair by C. S. Lewis -- See the flaws, seek the virtues: consuming and creating children's stories -- Conclusion: Drinking tea with the dead.
Summary, etc.:
Join award-winning author Mitali Perkins as she explores the promise of seven timeless children's novels for adults living in uncertain times. Through works by Louisa May Alcott, C. S. Lewis, L. M. Montgomery, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and other literary uncles and aunts, Perkins unpacks wisdom to help us thrive.
The stories we read as children shape us for the rest of our lives-- but it's never too late to discover that transformative spark of hope that children's classics can ignite within us. Perkins invites us to explore the promise of seven timeless children's novels, and shows how they provide mirrors to our innermost selves, and open windows to other world. She shows that reading (or re-reading) these books as adults can help us build virtue, unmask our vices, and restore our hope. -- Adapted from jacket
Subject: Children's literature > History and criticism.
Children's literature > Appreciation.
Children's literature > Moral and ethical aspects.
Books and reading > Psychological aspects.
Books and reading > United States.
Reader-response criticism.
Perkins, Mitali > Books and reading.
Values in literature.
Wisdom in literature.
Psychology and literature.
Genre: Literary criticism.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at State Library of Alabama.


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