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How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-11-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 35 user ratings
ISBN:0062200852
LANGUAGE:English

"If the teens reading this had already been reading extensively across the canonical works, this would have made a great deal of sense. Unless, they were familiarised with Shakespearean stylistics, were adventurous enough to tackle Chaucer's Middle English texts, or had even braved epic poems like Beowulf, and knew the Book of Genesis like the back of their hands, this book might prove a little bit intimidating. There are references to a great many works, some of which I haven't read before. To a fresh teenager looking for a way into literary analysis, I'm not sure if this would encourage them.
However, this is an insightful, satisfying read for me and well worth the time.
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"An interesting read. Though I don't think it's for "kids". The author certainly seemed to try hard, especially in the earlier chapters, to use a childlike tone. But there were lots of things kids shouldn't, needn't or can't understand.

While I kind of enjoyed reading it, I don't think I will encourage my kid to read it even when she is older. To me, the point is "do you want a grade A term paper" or "do you want to explore the enjoyment of reading"; "do you want to remember and copy the formula every time" or "do you want to analyze the problem with no framework in your mind". I like the later ones.
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"As someone who has read a great deal and quite broadly, I found this book an entertaining analysis of how to get more out of what you read. As Foster noted, English professors often have more experience with books and have read more stories, allowing them to make connections between books. His recommendation to keep reading is the best way to start making your own connections. That said, this is a book for kids who like to read and have moved (or are willing to move) beyond enjoying one or two favorite children's book series. Otherwise, this book would of course be lost on kids (as many of the reviews state). The writing style is entertaining and easy-to-read, if you are interested in books, books, and more books. I recommend this to readers, young and old.

To see which books Foster references, check out this list.
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"i use "how to read literature like a professor" at school all the time - foster is able to explain some of the basic tenets of reading fiction in a conversational and manageable way and usually i have pretty good success.

that said, not many of my high school students are reading or aware of james joyce (and, while they're more likely to have heard of toni morrison, they're less likely to have read her).

enter: how to read literature like a professor...now, for kids!

my AP kids will still get the grown-up version, but for my sophomores, i'm thinking of subbing in a few of these chapters. they're shorter and more likely to use familiar children's books (think: the secret garden) than more difficult-to-parse, obscure adult classics.

also, the chapters are shorter, which appeals to every high school student, regardless of level.

still, lots of chapters from the original version are absent in this one, and, so, it's only a partial solution, but using for struggling readers seems like a good way to go here.
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"Not for young kids.

My granddaughter’s freshman class is using this book. I bought a copy in order to be able to help her with advice, if need be. One of the first thing’s my granddaughter said to me was, “This book is NOT for kids!” After I read it, I have to agree. While not specific, it does discuss sex in books and symbols that represent sex (e.g. marriage) and other topics beyond the experience of most elementary age children.

It’s written in language an eight-year-old could easily understand, but some of the examples and discussions are on topics that are likely beyond the average student in 3rd or 4th grade. The last example in the book would bore them to tears. I’ve worked with children of various ages throughout the years, my daughter is a teacher, and I’ve heard students’ discussions with peers, all of which form the basis of my opinion.

All of that said, I believe it’s an excellent book, and totally appropriate for ninth graders. It probably is too easy a book for upper classmen, but this is a book that likely has something new for many students. Instead of ages 8-12, I’d set the ages to 10-14.
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"Any book with the title "for kids" should actually be written with a kid's mind and experiences in mind. That concept seems to have been lost on the author or whomever decided to slap the "for kids" on this book title. For this reason alone, I would not recommend it at all. Know your readers!!

I picked this up in the children's section of the library and feel that it just does not belong there.
This book feels like it is written for an older audience than the title suggests as it makes references to adult written works and adult subject matters. Again, know your readers!!
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"There may be some things in this book that.. matter. That I can use. I don't know. Here's the thing: I wanted to use this to help my son learn to analyze literature. We homeschool and for whatever reason, analyzing stories to death is a thing. I don't get it, I'm not good at it, I don't like it. But I'm supposed to teach it. I wanted this book to be the answer. Instead it was full of blanket statements "a ghost is never just a ghost" and convoluted nonsense (okay, it wasn't nonsense, I just think it's crap).

Happier now more than ever that I didn't persue that English degree. But also not, because then maybe I could teach this mess.
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"This is an excellent book for kids in middle school and even some high school, although it might seem a little childish for the older students. It takes themes prevalent in literature and helps a student to see the patterns and the large part of the story that is written between the lines. In fact, it is a bit like a road map to help readers to pick out the important parts of a book while they are reading. Once read, I think the students would be able to apply this knowledge to any writing assignment in school and at least, begin to understand it.

The author has a companion book about reading novels and I think this is important. This book deals with literature and the great literary themes and would be almost impossible to apply all of them to novels, but in even the simplest novel there are themes and Dr. Foster's books will help.
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