One Child Reading

One Child Reading

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"The miracle of the preserved word, in whatever medium--print, audio text, video recording, digital exchange--means that it may transfer into new times and new places." --From the IntroductionMargaret Mackey draws together memory, textual criticism, social analysis, and reading theory in an extraordinary act of self-study. In One Child Reading, she makes a singular contribution to our understanding of reading and literacy development. Seeking a deeper sense of what happens when we read, Mackey revisited the texts she read, viewed, listened to, and wrote as she became literate in the 1950s and 1960s in St. John's, Newfoundland. This tremendous sweep of reading included school texts, knitting patterns, musical scores, and games, as well as hundreds of books. The result is not a memoir, but rather a deftly theorized exploration of how a reader is constructed. One Child Reading is an essential book for librarians, classroom teachers, those involved in literacy development in both scholarly and practical ways, and all serious readers.
Publisher: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada :, The University of Alberta Press,, 2016, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781772120394
Branch Call Number: 418. 4 MACK
Characteristics: xvi, 567 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.


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Over 40's who like biography will enjoy this book! It is the story of a Canadian girl wove through her experience as a reader, everything from Nancy Drew and Bobbsy Twins to Chatelaine and Ladies Home Journal. Book has some great photos of Brownie accomplishment cards; old cookbooks we all had in mother's cupboard and old story books published in Britain for children throughout the Empire. I don't think millennial will 'get' this book. But for those of us who can remember getting the family's first TV and trips to the library before everything was on Google.... this is a lovely story of Canadian girlhood in the baby-boom era.

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