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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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Abstract

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.