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Cotton Penny (2000). Picture Books Sans Frontieres. London : Trentham Books, 148 p. 
Added by: Marie Musset (16 Jan 2009 13:23:17 Europe/Paris)
Resource type: Book
BibTeX citation key: Cotton2000
Categories: General
Keywords: , enseignement primaire, Grande Bretagne, lecture, littératie, littérature
Creators: Cotton
Publisher: Trentham Books (London)
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Picture Books sans Frontiéres celebrates the universal childhood themes which permeate children's literature across Europe. Not only does it introduce teachers to the wealth of excellent material from Europe with which they are unlikely to be familiar, but it encourages children to empathise with one another and learn about cultural similarities and differences. Through a study of varied visual narratives, the book identifies ways of enabling children to begin exploring literary forms and gain greater linguistic understandings.

England's National Literacy Strategy requires pupils to have an understanding of literature at word, sentence and text levels but guidance on the literature to be used is limited to picture books by British authors. Penni Cotton has researched how a broader spectrum of books could be used to meet the requirements of government initiatives in literacy while at the same time introducing a variety of literary, linguistic and cultural knowledge into the primary English curriculum.

The book has particular relevance for courses in children's literature, language in education, sociolinguistics and early language/literacy development. Because no specialist knowledge is a prerequisite, it will be invaluable in the primary classroom.
Added by: Marie Musset  
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