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Published: 12 May 2015

432 Pages | 189 photos

6.0 x 9.0 inches

ISBN: 9780199010882

Bookseller Code (06)

From Instruction to Delight

An Anthology of Children's Literature to 1850

Fourth Edition

Edited by Patricia Demers

  • Readings from the earliest period of children's literature, dating back to c.1000 A.D. This anthology traces the development of children's literature from earnest texts designed for moral instruction to stories intended primarily to entertain.
  • Wide range of literary forms - including Puritan cautionary tales, Christian lyrics, fairy tales, fables, and more - offers a diverse blend of poetry and prose.
  • Thematic organization groups chronological readings into a series of themes, placing each selection in the context of its era and allowing students to forge meaningful connections between the readings.
  • Original illustrations give context and show how the readings would have been presented to its young readers.