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Gurzil Dispels the Darkness

Subject: Religion

(Libya) Gurzil, the sun god, was worshiped among the Huwwara of Tripolitania well into the eleventh century, long after the Arab conquest. This deity was a protector, a guide, ...

Baskin, Leonard

Baskin, Leonard   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
515 words

...a second series. Baskin illustrated a few other works for children, including poetry collections and several books on religion. He collaborated with the poet Richard Michelson on four titles. Did You Say Ghosts? ( 1993 ) represents a circular game parents could play to dispel nighttime fears. The narrator mentions ghosts before bedtime and then must present a stream of monsters to take care of the preceding ones: werewolves trump ghosts, giants trump werewolves, and so on. Although some of Baskin's drawings are scary, none look horrific, and the...

Waddell, Martin

Waddell, Martin   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
423 words

...The picture books often have real or toy animals, sometimes dolls, occasionally human children, as protagonists, and offer safe excitement (as in Tiny's Big Adventure , illustrated by John Lawrence , 2004 ) and a strong sense of a cozy home and warm family that serves to dispel fears and worries ( The Park in the Dark , illustrated by Barbara Firth , 1989 , and Snow Bears , illustrated by Sarah Fox-Davies , 2002 ). Waddell's simple, sparse prose enhances the endearing characters and the settings fraught with emotion created by the talented...

Freedman, Russell

Freedman, Russell   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
505 words

...children in the 19th and early 20th centuries . The result, Immigrant Kids ( 1980 ), proved to be a seminal book for Freedman as his interests shifted from animals to people. Children of the Wild West ( 1983 ) and Cowboys of the Wild West ( 1985 ) were credited with dispelling many myths of the Old West and with presenting historical facts in a compelling way. In addition to still more animal books, Freedman wrote several books about the Old West and then turned his attention to the story of Abraham Lincoln . Lincoln: A Photobiography ( 1987 ) was...

CARROLL, Lewis

CARROLL, Lewis (1832–98)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
2,815 words

...citing a note referring to the missing page of the diary that explains that Dodgson and the Liddells discovered speculation that the former was ‘using the children as a means of paying court to [their] governess’, thus the lack of contact was by mutual consent to attempt to dispel these rumours. He states categorically that ‘there was no major and lasting rift with the Liddells’; and no evidence to suggest that Dodgson wished to marry Alice. In 1867 Dodgson began to give serious consideration to what he called ‘the second volume of Alice’, having told...

Magic Pudding, The

Magic Pudding, The (1918)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
322 words

...by unseemly recriminations, let us, while admitting that our admirable friend, Sam, may have unwittingly disturbed the composure of our admirable friend, Bill, at the expense of our admirable Puddin’s gravy, let us, I say, by the simple act of extending the hand of friendship, dispel in an instant these gathering clouds of disruption.’ The Magic Pudding was written during the First World War to take Lindsay’s mind off the death of friends on the Western Front. It sprang from an argument with a friend who said that children liked fairy stories best of all;...

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