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EUROPA – Children's Books

EUROPA – Children's Books

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Datum izida:5/27/2010 10:00:00 PM
Oblikovanje:Matjaž Učakar
Motiv:Boy, Girl
Tisk:Oriental Security Printing Solutions, Bahrain
Izvedba:4-colour offset
Papir:GSM 102g/m2
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Zobčanje:Comb 13 : 13 1/4
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EUROPA – Children's Books

<p>The definitions of the term &quot;a child's book&quot; aren't entirely unified. The best definition is most probably the one saying that these books are intended to be read mostly by children. Also, the opinion regarding the reader's age of children's books hasn’t been unified.&#160; The majority agree that children’s books are for children up to the age of twelve, while others apply the term to books for adolescents up to the age of eighteen. Some works, which are written for children and adolescents, are very popular with adults too and, therefore, it is difficult to characterise them only as children's books.<br>Due to the different definitions it is harder to follow the history of children's literature. Some stories of the 15th century fascinated the adolescents in the following centuries, although they were not the target audience. One example are the Robin Hood stories. The first book issued especially for children was the illustrated encyclopaedic textbook Orbis sensualium pictus, prepared by Jan Amos Komensky in 1654. Forty years later in France, Charles Perrault set the foundations of a new genre in literature by issuing a storybook, where we can find the popular stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots and Cinderella.&#160; Perrault wrote the stories on the basis of folk tales. The issue of children's books followed the tradition of storytelling to children; a hundred years later the Brothers Grimm were the most well-known for preserving this folk tradition. Authentic children's stories started emerging alongside, whose contents were adjusted to the time and place of happening by their authors and are still being created. The most well-known storyteller is definitely Hans Christian Andersen, whose birthday, 2nd April, has been chosen as an International Children’s Book Day.<br>As a rule, children's books are fully illustrated. This especially refers to books for children who still can’t read, although the illustrations are an important part of all children's books, even for adolescents’ books.&#160; Their importance can be seen from the fact that some illustrators have become experts in illustrating children's books.<br>Despite the big progress of the electronic media in recent years the books, as a classical source of information, have preserved their important place in the people's and most of all the adolescents’ development. </p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;</p><p>&#160;Bojan Bračič, MSc<br></p>