You can learn a lot about the language and thought processes of young children by examining the literature written for them. Choose a children’s book and answer the questions below. Do not copy and paste information.
- Give the title, name of the author and illustrator, and the date of publication for the book. 2. Do you remember reading this book when you were a child? If so, what did you think about this book? 3. Write down examples of any of the following story elements that appear in the book: (All elements may not be illustrated in every story.) A. Rhyme and repetition B. Egocentrism (i.e. animals that dress and talk like a child or misunderstandings that arise from the main character’s self-centered viewpoint) C. Centration (i.e. characters who only have one prominent feature or a child focusing on one goal, trait or object)
E. Static Reasoning F Story elements that reflect the young child’s fear of separation G. Effects that depend on literal or figurative language (i.e. jokes that come from a character taking things literally or misunderstandings because of the same) H. Story elements that reassure the child about the strong ties of family and friendship 4. What are your thoughts/opinions about this book? 5. Would you read this book to your child or allow them to read it on their own? Why or why not?