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How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-09 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 41 user ratings
ISBN:0062200860
LANGUAGE:English

"English Professor Foster breaks down for younger readers some of the tricks of his trade. Little things that help him know secret meanings in the story that give it extra depth. Journeys that are quests, quotes from Shakespeare, allusions to ancient literature, etc. Foster explores how to read beyond the surface story and pick out the things that will give it greater depth, but all the while encouraging readers to also enjoy the read.

A good book and rather unique. There’s not much else quite like it out there available for kids. At the same time, it was a touch difficult to know what age the intended audience would be. You could tell the author was used to a college-aged audience several times. Some of the example literary pieces aren’t exactly the kind of thing you’d pick out for a 3rd grader to read. I’d say teens are probably those who’d most benefit from reading the book themselves and overall seems to be the age the author was talking to, though then why they didn’t put “for teens” on the front instead of “for kids” I don’t know. I think adults could definitely use parts of this with younger ages, but sometimes I think his explanations are too dense or mature for them. Still a great resource for Secondary English teachers.

Notes on content: No language issues. Sex is mentioned a few times, nothing graphic or detailed or anything that would ruin innocence, but the word is there and obviously the author thought the reader would be old enough to handle it. One of the examples is Oedipus Rex, and the basic plotline of him murdering his father and marrying his mother is given, but again, with no details. Some summaries of violent stories are given, but no gory details.
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" This book was awesome. I ordered the adult version, too, but I will be using chapters with British Literature for sure! Even though I'm an English major, this book gave me a vocabulary to better understand those things trained readers do instinctually. I loved it! " said.

" makes it easy to understand what Literature is about. Enables you to delve deeper into the book. " said.

" Actually, it wasn't the kids book I read, though I bet that was great for the audience it was geared to. This was readable, informative and a bit fun. Great book to just pick up now and then. " said.

" what's this? a required summer reading i actually *gasp* enjoyed? " said.

" The idea was excellent. The first chapter was excellent. The rest... could be better. " said.

" Not as funny as the cover made it look. And quite repetitive, but still interesting. " said.

" Great addition to our homeschooling. I'm thinking this will be useful around grade 7-9, I don't think I'd use it younger than that even for an advanced reader. " said.

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