Comparitive Children's Literature Essay

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In the Eyes of A Child

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.  There are seven million,” author Walt Streightiff once stated. In the perspective of the child, no matter from what century the child may have been or is from, the world is filled with mystery and new adventures every day. Children’s literature, since the nineteenth century, has been capturing the world in which children see with their own eyes. The imagination, curiosity, and adventure of children are portrayed by authors who remember what common thoughts and questions they once had at the young age which they set their main characters to be in their stories. Whether it is a chapter book for children ages ten and older, a beginner chapter book for eight and older, or even a picture book with few words, the children’s books will have the central theme of a child’s mind yearning for exploration in common. In the three books, Holes by Louis Sacher, Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? by Avi, and We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past by Jacqueline Woodson, not only is curiosity seen in the character’s, but the books also all share similar plot components with literary elements to catch the reader’s attention and similar child characterizations. Even though it is evident that these three particular books do not have a similar plot, they still share similar plot elements which connect the three. Both Holes and Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? are categorized as mystery books, however the picture book We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past does not have a plot which can be named a mystery. Although this is the case, all three still share elements of surprise in their stories, which hook the children readers into reading more. As the plots of these stories develop, the child reader becomes further pulled in to reach the ending climax. It is clear from the first couple of pages in Avi’s chapter book that the twins, Toby and Becky, will be looking for the enigmatic thief of the Checkertown Library who...
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