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The Story of the Treasure Seekers

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English 2033E
Gabrielle Ceraldi

th Children’s Lit – Feb 25 The Story of the Treasure Seekers - The children are veracious readers, both of children’s literature and adult literature - Their favourite is Kipling (author of Jungle Book) – facilitates friendship with Mrs. Leslie - Literature serves to form bonds between characters - They’ve also read a wide variety in terms of quality – Sherlock Holmes to penny dreadfuls - No firm boundary between children’s literature and adult literature (or adulthood/childhood) - They interpret the world based on what they have read - Humor comes from when what they’ve read doesn’t reflect real life and it causes them to make mistakes - Albert is not accepted because he does not read much - Means he doesn’t know how to play properly because he has no imagination - Albert’s uncle teaches them how to incorporate vocabulary from books into their play - They’ve read moralistic literature for children - Try to get cash reward for good deeds toward the elderly - Oswald is not just a veracious reader, but he also writes the story - He also has a lot of opinions about how stories should be written based on what he likes to read - Alice (in Wonderland) says she likes pictures and conversations – different taste from Oswald - Oswald uses an editing principle – he won’t tell us when there’s nothing happening - Directs this book to an audience of children like himself (who like what he likes) - Addresses audience directly – friendly relationship with readers - “It’s a good game. Have you played it?” - Also shows competitiveness with his audience - “Doubt any of you have had two such adventures in one night” - Nesbit assumes children want quality writing, action-packed, straight-forward information, child voice, first person speaking to other children, taking side of children over adults (eg. Mrs. Leslie’s poem) - Two kinds of adults: ones who remember what it is like to be a child (Mrs. Leslie, Albert’s uncle – both writers), and ones who have forgotten and disapprove - Writing fiction is an imaginative and childlike act – Mrs. Leslie and Albert’s uncle
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