One Child Reading

"The miracle of the preserved word, in whatever medium—print, audio text, video recording, digital exchange—means that it may transfer into new times and new places." —From the Introduction

Margaret Mackey draws together memory, textual criticism, social analysis, and reading theory in an extraordinary act of self-study. In One Child Reading, she makes a singular contribution to our understanding of reading and literacy development. Seeking a deeper sense of what happens when we read, Mackey revisited the texts she read, viewed, listened to, and wrote as she became literate in the 1950s and 1960s in St. John’s, Newfoundland. This tremendous sweep of reading included school texts, knitting patterns, musical scores, and games, as well as hundreds of books. The result is not a memoir, but rather a deftly theorized exploration of how a reader is constructed. One Child Reading is an essential book for librarians, classroom teachers, those involved in literacy development in both scholarly and practical ways, and all serious readers.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front cover 1
Title page 4
Copyright page 5
Contents 6
Foreword 8
Acknowledgements 12
Preamble 18
1 Auto-Bibliography 19
2 Reading the First Place 67
3 Other Places, Other Times 91
Paths 118
4 Out of the Murk 121
5 Stereotypes and Series Books 159
6 The Invitation of Literature 191
7 A Household Ecology 219
Landmarks 250
8 A Multimodal Literacy Event 253
9 How I Spent My Summer Holiday, 1959 267
10 Literacies of the Season 281
Nodes 304
11 Miscellaneous and Utility Literacies 307
12 Cowboys and Others 333
13 Settler Stories 357
Edges 380
14 Now and Then, Here and There 383
15 Marking the Years 405
16 Shape-Shifting Discourses 427
Districts 442
17 Institutions of Literacy 447
Coda 492
18 Back to the First Place 495
References 528
Permissions 546
Index 548
About the Author 584
Other Titles from The University of Alberta Press 585