Children's Literature Discussion Essay

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Children's Literature Discussion


"The history that makes us wish fairy tales did happen, that life were
like a children's book and we all lived happily ever after, is not an
easy history to read or write. If we persist in thinking that children
need hope and happy endings then the stories we give them about the
Holocaust will be shaped by those expectations… For there are those
who would tell us yet another fairy tale, one in which the mass murder
of millions of people did not happen I know that it did, and I know
that we need to find ways to tell children."

(Kertzer, 1999, p.253)

Children's literature continues to inspire both children and adults,
and more recently while doing so, has prompted questions to
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When analysing the
respective narratives a range of critical and enlightening issues will
be broached including the outcomes, values and perspectives which are
raised within the stories through concepts of hope, second chances,
misery or new beginnings. In addition to these queries the value of
these books for children, which integrate depictions of war and
violence within both illustrations and text, will be investigated.

Innocenti's "Rose Blanche" is written in a manner whereby the
protagonist's character develops into something which is admirable,
lovable and self-sacrificing, all of which seem to be often foreign
elements within the nature of many children in today's well fed
society. The violence that she experiences in her hometown blossoms a
wary curiosity and traces of foreboding trepidation, the impact upon
her life is displayed in a form one may find difficult to define as
positive or negative. Rose's approach to the war and acts of violence
which surrounds her environment instigates compassion and leads her to
come to aid to people in desperate need. In respect to developing
empathy this story achieves its purpose by emotionally engaging the
reader. The war leads her to being subjected to an experience of
providing food for starving, deprived children and also subsequently
her death. Innocenti approaches the subject of…