Find an example of aging or older adults in some work of children’s literature, loosely defined as literature intended for an audience from infancy to roughly age 10. You don’t need to purchase the book. You should have a look at the USF Library as well as your local public library to see items in their collection. Students should be prepared to write an essay that specifically addresses the following items:
a brief summary of the book (including year of publication);
a discussion of how the book depicted older adults and/or the aging experience (including a picture of any illustrations of aging or an older adult – the inclusion of an image doesn’t count towards the page limit);
analysis of the book’s strengths and weaknesses in how it addresses aging and older adults;
identification of major themes and discussion about their significance; and
how the themes and portrayal of aging connects to other portrayals of aging in materials (film, readings, etc.) in the course.
the response should be no more than 2 pages (not including the title page or any pages with illustrations)