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Personalized children's literature shouldn't have a negative reputation | Bücher
In the past I was completely snobby about personalized literature by describing it not as "real stories" but as a vehicle for tailor-made egocentricity; the decisive evolution of empathy in favor of a closely focussed I, I, I shouldered. And all this was changing when a less lemon-lipped boyfriend gave my three-year-old a personalized Thomas the Tank Engine book for last year's birth.
As my daugher realized that she was actually IN history, had a surprise anniversary celebration aboard Annie and Clarabel, and was permitted to go into the cabin to hear Thomas' pipe, she grew with quiet happiness, like one of the hot air balloons bound to the lover's cuffs. Although "Du" and the surprise anniversary were not a breathtaking work of art, their obvious pleasure in doing so made it much less strenuous to read (and reread) before bed than to browse through some of her other favorite textbooks, including "pure" Thomass.
There is proof going beyond the anaecdotal and showing that the personalisation of literature can be a simple and safe method of integrating small kids deep into the subject matter and showing them the benefits of learning to literate, especially at a times when the ability to literate is at an alarming low and many, especially deprived kids are unable to literate at school.
A survey found that the evolution of terminology was improved when kids were reading a tale personalized with minutiae from their own life. However, both the research and an article by Natalia Kucirkova, the scientist who conducted it, underline the need for excellence and diligence in personalizing the work. One cannot put a painting of a kid into a book several copies and call it good; reflectiveness is the first commandment, and sometimes less is more.
It is a brilliance in the idea of losing a child's name and then embarking on a trip through the book to find the single characters that run through mysterious sceneries and encounter different beings and humans along the way. However, the ledgers are nice and there is always a big-eyed, enthusiastic exhalation when the kid finds the lacking name reunified and finally swapped.
And even the youngest kids who romp around the play area can appreciate a bit of name drop. To see their name in flowers, sunshine, clouds and ladybugs and on an ice-cream cart (certainly every toddler's dream) while experiencing an everyday but beautiful childhood experience gives the youngest child a feeling of words as a charming secret, but one that is theirs - one that can also be opened up by them.
The Curved House Write/Illustrate Your Own Book is a well thought-out, meticulously managed tool for older kids to integrate into the best way of personalisation - practical use. Either to tell the history of My Summer Snowman or to create the text for the pre-illustrated history of Grandma's Jungle Party, the unique thing about it is the How-to-Planer in the center, a small edition of the book that is separated and used to help you clear out your notions.
Just like Louie Stowell's Write and Draw Your Own Comics, they find the right mix of encourage and assist, help unmystify the creative or literary processes and invite the reader to close the gulf between the consuming and the creating without being overcome by choices or the daunting look of the blink. I' m still not a big fans of photopersonalized book, and I still think there are a bunch of bulky, outrageous cash-ins that saturate the supermarket.
However, I am convinced of the mere peculiarity of seeing your own name on a page in a popular and intimate setting, and I realize that, at least for kids, it expands the book's scope rather than narrowing it down; it makes it clear that they are welcome here, in the literary realm.
After all, grown-ups are not resistant to this esoteric Japanese currency - I would not refuse to appear in a favorite author's book. When you were a kid, did you have a personal book? Have you given a kid one lately - and if so, how did it go?