By Gyo Fujikawa
William Blake, Kate Greenaway, Emily Dickinson: the writers during this captivating anthology of 2 hundred poems—first released in 1969—are between literature's so much loved. And Gyo Fujikawa's attractive illustrations depict kids of all races sweetly interacting, in addition to an engagingly rendered menagerie of animals and the wildlife in all its wonderment. one of the verses that kids will love are Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Christmas Bells," Lewis Carroll's "The depression Pig," and Eugene Fields' "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod," in addition to proverbs, limericks, nursery rhymes, and folks songs.
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The physicality of the trauma found in these texts indicates that this dimension of m aturation is as important as the psychological. I claim that we can understand the process of maturation as one in wh ich the child's very body is perpetually being lost to the child as that body changes and develops. 'TI1erefore, these narratives of love and loss can be read as dramatizing the relation ofloss that on e experiences with one's own body, thereby assisting children with mastering that physically bewildering relationship by providing a story tl1at reflects their experience of perpetually "losing" the body that is always in flux.
John Knowles's A Separate Peace is a mid-twentie th -century, American sch ool story that clearly e mbodies this nar rative, and its frequent use in schools throughout the United Sta tes p oints to the sense that such a narrath•e is useful as a guide for child readers on their paths to proper adulthood . By the end of Knowles's novel, Gene is able to d emonstrate many of the qualities that constitute maturity. He is sober, knowing, experienced, an d heteronormatively + Losing and Using Queer Youth gendered, and he manages to achieve this outcome through the traumatic loss of his queer friend.
A Child's Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa