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Gatty’s Tale; or virtue restored

Smith, Vivienne (2008) Gatty’s Tale; or virtue restored. English in Education, 42 (1). pp. 24-36. ISSN 0425-0494

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Abstract

Most children’s books assume a moral framework in which their characters live and grow, but in most cases, morality remains extrinsic to the characters themselves: it is what happens to them and what they do, rather than what they believe and who they become. Kevin Crossley-Holland’s novel Gatty’s Tale, is unusual in that it presents a protagonist for whom being good matters for its own sake. This article explores Gatty’s developing goodness, and shows how Crossley-Holland helps young readers understand what virtue is.

Item type: Article
ID code: 38314
Keywords: Gatty’s Tale, virtue , faith, Kevin Crossley-Holland , morality in children’s literature, reading, Language and Literature, Theory and practice of education, Literature and Literary Theory, Linguistics and Language, Education, Language and Linguistics
Subjects: Language and Literature
Education > Theory and practice of education
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Education > Education
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    Depositing user: Pure Administrator
    Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2012 11:28
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 15:27
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/38314

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