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Children's Literature: Picture Books and Fantasy (ENCO310)
Semester 1 / 2015


John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat Jenny Wagner , Ron Brooks (illustrator), Harmondsworth : Kestrel , 1977 Z830203 1977 single work picture book children's (taught in 6 units)
— Appears in: The Macquarie Bedtime Story Book 1987; (p. 190-192)
'Rose and her Old English Sheepdog, John Brown, live contentedly together. They need only each other. When the midnight cat appears outside their home, John Brown refuses even to admit its existence. But he comes to realise that the cat is important to Rose and to allow it in the house, even though it makes him sad.' (From the publisher's website.)
y separately published work icon Out Of The Egg Tina Matthews , Tina Matthews (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2007 Z1508410 2007 single work picture book children's (taught in 1 units) When a little red hen plants and nurtures a seed until it becomes a tree all by herself she is, at first, inclined to deny the other animals shelter.
y separately published work icon Playing Beatie Bow Ruth Park , Melbourne : Nelson , 1980 Z47803 1980 single work novel young adult fantasy (taught in 5 units) When Abigail joins in the game of Beatie Bow she is transported back in time to a Sydney of the late 19th century where she meets the Bow family, whose fate she can predict, but which she is powerless to change.
y separately published work icon The Lost Thing Shaun Tan , Shaun Tan (illustrator), Port Melbourne : Lothian , 2000 Z668356 2000 single work picture book children's (taught in 11 units) 'A boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach. Realising it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but is met with indifference from everyone else, who barely notice its presence, each unwilling to entertain this uninvited interruption to their day to day lives. For reasons he does not explain, the boy empathises with the creature, and sets out to find a 'place' for it.'
(Source: The Lost Thing website)

Genesis (Beckett)

Holes (Sachar)


The Hunger Games

Where the Wild Things Are


The unit introduces literature for young children, focussing primarily on the picture book, together with fantasy novels for a middle-childhood readership. The unit has a literary and cultural studies approach, exploring concepts of readership, visual literacy, learned competencies, cultural constructions of the child and of children's literature, and applies these concepts to a range of representative texts. It is not concerned with questions of curriculum development or classroom practice.