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Keywords:

  • topic;
  • theoretical;
  • literary;
  • transactional;
  • literature;
  • childrens;
  • literature based;
  • response;
  • comprehension;
  • content literacy;
  • learner;
  • early childhood;
  • childhood;
  • type;
  • article

Drawing on the literary theory of Louise Rosenblatt, among others, the authors explore the power of literature to engage readers, and ask why sometimes efforts to generate enthusiasm and interest through classroom use of literature fall short.