Not a text book, but a delightful contribution to better understanding of European children's literature, from the 17th and 18th century, to relatively modern writings. A scholar of distinguished literary achievements surveys the field with clear insight, understanding and vividness of style which adds to the joy of reading, he views the ways in which national traits may be traced; he views the universality of children's literature; he envisions the book world is children's eyes. Valuable bibliography includes references to little known French verbs. Indispensable to librarians and teachers -- and should appeal to discriminating students. Good format.