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A: Alan Ayckbourn Pf: 1978, Scarborough Pb: 1979 G: Com. in ...

Through the Looking-Glass

Through the Looking-Glass   Reference library

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

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2015
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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652 words

...story on a chess game grew out of impromptu tales about chessmen, told to Alice Liddell and her sisters in the days when (in her own words) ‘we were excitedly learning chess’. The device of going through the looking-glass, upon which many of the story’s nonsensical inventions and jokes are based, is supposed to have been suggested to Dodgson by a remark made to him by a young cousin, Alice Raikes, probably in 1868 . Standing her in front of a mirror, and giving her an orange, he asked her ‘which hand the little girl you see there has got it in’. She remarked...

MILNE, A. A.

MILNE, A. A. (1882–1956)   Reference library

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

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2015
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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...The job was in fact comparatively menial, apart from the writing of his own contributions, for the then Editor, Owen Seaman (‘a strange, unlucky man’, who has sometimes been suggested as a model for Eeyore in the Pooh stories), was particularly active in the office. But Milne now had an assured income, and was ‘very young, very light-hearted, confident of myself, confident of the future’. In 1913 , he married Dorothy (‘Daphne’) de Sélincourt, Owen Seaman’s god-daughter. Because she laughed at his jokes—‘she had my contributions to Punch by heart...

Steig, William

Steig, William   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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1,283 words
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...William ( 1907–2003 ), versatile “sublime doodler,” writer, and artist who delineated child and adult experience in varying formats through eight decades of publication. His single-frame joke cartoons (1930s), self-named “symbolic drawings” (primarily 1940s and 1950s), picture storybooks (1960s to 1990s), long narratives for children (1970s), and retrospective picture-book anecdotes and memoirs (1980s to 2000s) expressed the pain, joy, and humor of human existence to general, adult, and child audiences. William Steig . Illustration from The Agony in the...

South America, Spanish-Speaking

South America, Spanish-Speaking   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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3,106 words
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...an oppression that is as commonplace as soccer practice. Argentina's María Elena Walsh is a poet, playwright, and fiction writer. Her popular appeal can be traced to her “absurdist sense of humor,” to her “relaxed and conversational tone, full of asides, appeals, and whispered jokes to the reader” ( Jeffrey Garrett ). Tutú Marambá ( 2000 ) is a collection of short, whimsical stories that show how education can be both fun and practical. In “La escuela de ratones” ( The School for Mice ), characters resemble ordinary schoolchildren, except their lessons are...

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