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Wild Children
ISBN: 9780531202562
Author: Landau, Elaine
Publisher: Franklin Watts
Published: March 1998
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: This highly praised series of books has been in print since the 1950s (launched originally by Franklin Watts himself). Today's First Books provide engaging, in-depth introductions to subjects in all areas of the middle-grade curriculum, including science, social studies, and the arts.

Illustrated with color and historical photography and art, each First Book is chaptered, includes an index, a "For Further Reading" list and, where appropriate, a glossary and original maps.

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Physical Information: 0.42" H x 8.83" L x 7.43" W 64 pages
Bargain Category: Science, Reference, Middle School, Art/Music
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998)
A rushed overview is followed by chapters detailing true cases of children apparently growing up without human contact. Strangely, the episodes from historical Europe and early twentieth-century India are better documented than the chapter concerning an abused and neglected girl found in 1970s Los Angeles. Illustrated with both color and black-and-white photographs. Bib., glos., ind.Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1998 July)
Gr 4-6-Landau introduces the phenomenon of feral children in folklore and fiction, and then describes four true cases from the past and present. She provides the facts in a clear, although dry and uninspired style. Photographs and reproductions of period drawings, the majority in black and white, extend the text. The chapters on the "Wild Boy of Aveyron" and Amala and Kamala, the wolf-girls from India, are the most compelling as they detail experiences of children who lived with animals. Archival photos of the Indian girls from the 1920s are fascinating, since they initially walked on all fours and ate off the ground. The remaining two cases explore young people who were imprisoned and suffered severe deprivation at the hands of adults. Kaspar Hauser, a legitimate heir to a German duke, was kidnapped as a child and later murdered once his identity was discovered. Thirteen-year-old Genie had been tied to a potty chair most of her life until she was rescued and taken to a children's hospital. Throughout, the author discusses how scientists have used these experiences to study the development of language and socialization, trying to discover what "makes us human." Words defined in the glossary are highlighted in the text. This book will most likely be of interest for browsing rather than for assignments.-Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD