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Indian Journal of Library and Information Science

Volume  5, Issue 3, October - December 2011, Pages 223-229


Review Article

Reviewing realistic stories: Children\'s Books in Persian Language
Mina Akhbari Azad, Zahra Abazari
* PhD student, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University (IAU), Iran, Tehran, **Faculty Member of Islamic Azad University, North Tehran Branch, Iran, Tehran.
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The purpose of this study is categorizing realistic stories as a literary genre in Iranian children’s books through 2000 – 2008 based on standard comparative table. A checklist was designed as a mean of registering information of every book. Findings showed that in 633 Iranian children’s books, 153 books (24.2%) are realistic stories. Considering seven standard sub-genres for realistic stories demonstrated that 11 books (7.2%) are in realistic children’s fiction, 68 books (44.4%) are in stories of children life and their difficulties story, 6 books (3.9%) are in animal realism, 41 books (26.8%) are in adventure story genre, 12 books (7.8%) are in historical fiction, 15 books (9.4%) are in humorous story genre and only 1 book (0.6%) is in romantic story. The results show that realistic stories, as a literary genre, are not considered as an important one in Iranian children’s literature.

Keywords: Literary genre; literary realism genre; literary realism sub-genres; children’s book; Iran, children’s literature


Corresponding Author : Mina Akhbari Azad