Children's Non-Fiction vs. Fiction based on a true story

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Re: Children's Non-Fiction vs. Fiction based on a true story

Post by Megwe85 » 18 Sep 2016, 21:43

My son is 3 1/2 and he likes both. He enjoyed a book called Little Pink Pup, which was written in a similar true-story/scrapbook-style. It used photographs instead of illustrations. We read that one for months!
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Post by anneloretrujillo » 21 Sep 2016, 15:36

Eatsleaves wrote:It would depend on the non-fiction you are talking about. This tale about Bear may be considered darker than books about Clifford, Lassie or Benji (although I wouldn't use the word "dark" to describe this book).

But there are other examples where fiction is far darker. Nat Geo books for kids are non-fiction, biographies of famous people written for children are non-fiction, how-to books on arts and crafts (or doing cool tricks), etc. Meanwhile, fiction from Edgar Allen Poe and dystopian fiction are surely darker than any of those non-fiction examples. The non-fiction topic would determine if it is darker than any given fictitious work. Both umbrella genres are so huge it would be hard to make a general statement that one is darker than the other. You know what I mean?
I didn't really think about it this way, but I know exactly what you mean. Thinking back to when I was a kid, I had these little science books that I thought were the best thing ever. They were non-fiction, but had an awesome presentation. There were fictions books that were the same way. It really is a case-by-case thing.

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Post by Kia » 22 Sep 2016, 17:11

I don't have any children, but I feel like having pictures will help to capture a child's attention regardless of if they are real or illustrated. With a story like this one I can't help but feel like it doesn't really matter is the story is true or made up because a young child might not actually be able to tell the difference.
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Post by MarisaRose » 23 Sep 2016, 21:17

I can only guess at this topic, but I think children would find both accounts equally enjoyable. I think the way this book is relatable for children because of the beautiful pictures.
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Post by anneloretrujillo » 02 Oct 2016, 16:12

AA1495 wrote:
Elaine5 wrote:My son loves non fiction and would almost always choose it over fiction. My daughter, however, loves fictional stories. My experience tells me it depends on the child!
True. Generally, do you think Non-fiction is darker than fiction? :D

I don't think that non-fiction is darker than fiction. I have read quite a few dark fiction books, but not very many dark non-fiction. I think what is dark about non-fiction is that it is real. Anything that happened in a non-fiction book actually happened in real life. So even if the content isn't actually darker, maybe it kind of is darker.

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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 02 Oct 2016, 20:07

It probably just depends on the child and the quality of the pictures. My daughter likes both but the real life pictures have to be excellent and professional quality, around the house pictures lose her interest but maybe that's just because she's 3.
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Post by MerryLove » 09 Oct 2016, 19:42

As there are ample pictures in both, I would say children enjoy both. Most children enjoying learning "facts" just as much as they love hearing a "story".

Some kids really love informational books more, and some kids really love story books more. There is an equal place for both, and I wouldn't say that one is any better than the other.
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Post by Cjgarland89 » 17 Oct 2016, 18:40

My son enjoys actual photographs in books, as well as non fiction. He is more interested in actual events that have happened and stories that are based on real life events. My daughter who is younger doesn't have a preference and enjoys both types of books equally.

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Post by Kdonegan91 » 25 Oct 2016, 11:55

I think it depends on the age and maturity of the child. My son who is 4 years old would much prefer a silly cartoon dog but my step sister who is 14 enjoyed this book. She stated, " The book was sad but it was cool to see the pictures of him."
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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 25 Oct 2016, 20:09

MerryLove wrote:As there are ample pictures in both, I would say children enjoy both. Most children enjoying learning "facts" just as much as they love hearing a "story".

Some kids really love informational books more, and some kids really love story books more. There is an equal place for both, and I wouldn't say that one is any better than the other.
So true! Everything is so new to children and real life can be as excited as a cartoon!
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Post by Swara Sangeet » 02 Nov 2016, 05:26

I personally think that books should be a compromise between fiction and non-fiction. The story might be fictitious, with a setting of different types of emotions and experiences, but the scientific facts should be on the dot. I don't think universally accepted truths should be distorted in the name of fiction.

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Post by AA1495 » 02 Nov 2016, 19:08

sindhu75063 wrote:I personally think that books should be a compromise between fiction and non-fiction. The story might be fictitious, with a setting of different types of emotions and experiences, but the scientific facts should be on the dot. I don't think universally accepted truths should be distorted in the name of fiction.
That's a very strong point! I agree with you on this. Scientific facts and Universally accepted truths should remain, even in fiction!

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Post by ebeth » 06 Nov 2016, 16:03

The only books I have read to my niece and nephew have been Fiction novels and they like them.
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Post by stoppoppingtheP » 07 Nov 2016, 11:45

I think kids generally like colorful drawn pictures more that photos. However, photos can also be interesting if they are clear, big and engaging.

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Post by Tami216- » 08 Nov 2016, 21:41

It really depends on the kids personality whether they like fiction or non-fiction better. It's the same as adults just whatever children like is obviously going to be a more simplified version. I personally think that non-fiction is generally scarier because it's more applicable to real life so it penetrates deeper to read something scary when you know it is true.
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