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Lifting the flaps on information: purpose and play in non-fiction texts

Smith, Vivienne (2003) Lifting the flaps on information: purpose and play in non-fiction texts. Literacy, 37 (3). pp. 116-122. ISSN 1741-4350

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Books with flaps comprise a small, but recognisable sub-genre of non-fiction texts for children. Whilst they are popular with young readers, they sit unhappily within an educational discourse of non-fiction that is dominated by notions of information retrieval and genre theory. This article considers the purpose and function of flaps in a number of texts and proposes that the best of these books provide pertinent lessons for readers about the nature of 'information', and about the playful nature of reading itself.

Item type: Article
ID code: 3394
Keywords: education, children, non-fiction texts, reading, information retrieval, literacy, Education (General), Education, Language and Linguistics
Subjects: Education > Education (General)
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Education > Education
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2007
Last modified: 20 Oct 2015 11:21

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