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 emerge
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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