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Schafer, Elizabeth D

ISBN 10: 0933833571 / ISBN 13: 9780933833579
Published by Beacham Publishing Corp, 2000
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Beacham's Sourcebooks for Teaching Young Adult Fiction. [1-2], iii-xiii, 1-479pp, bibliography, appendices, online resources, index. Yellow paper cover, gold letters. Jacket in protective plastic. Many black-and-white and silhouette drawings. On jacket front: "Not approved by JK Rowling." Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 3482

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Publisher: Beacham Publishing Corp

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First American Edition.

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Guides readers of the Harry Potter series to appreciate the books' literary qualities more fully. Literary analysis of each book is followed by a brief list of activities for extending readers' enjoyment, such as projects, discussion questions, and activities for developing writing and critical thinking skills. Projects and discussion questions are designed to be incorporated into classroom lesson plans. A timeline places factual and fictional events in context with Harry Potter topics, Great Britain, and world history. Includes profiles of characters, animals, plants, and objects in the stories, and lists and briefly describes myths and legends that contribute to the novels. Schafer completed graduate courses in children's literature and creative writing at Hollins University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

From School Library Journal:

The purpose of this ambitious guide is to expand readers' enjoyment and understanding of J. K. Rowling's series by encouraging critical thinking and an exploration of the layers of meaning in the books. Unfortunately, Schafer's insights sacrifice quality and significance for quantity. The 20 chapters cover topics such as literary merit; "Pottermania"; Rowling's life; and a section on "Teaching Harry," which includes chapter-by-chapter discussion questions and vocabulary lists as well as projects and activities related to each book. Themes explored include school life, food, sports, geography, mythology, archetypes and biblical references, history, science, and magic/witchcraft. Though many associations are drawn, most are random, undeveloped statements. Readers are told that there are seven deadly sins, the number seven is used by Jews to designate perfection, and that students spend seven years at Hogwarts. The book is most useful as a reference source, particularly for its details of characters, setting, and plot and the impressive bibliography.
Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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