Children’s Literature: “The House on Mango Street” and “Breaktime”

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Children’s Literature: "The House on Mango Street" and "Breaktime"
Children’s literature can take a range of different forms. While the literature can take many different forms it does tend to deal with many of the same themes and issues.
Two books that deal with similar themes are The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and
Breaktime
by Aidan Chambers. Both books are essentially coming of age stories. In The House on Mango Street Esperanza is going entering puberty so she is slowly making the transition form girl to women. Dino is slightly older but, he is making a similar transition. He is moving from being a teenager into being an adult.
The major difference between their experiences is that they are of different genders. Esperanza...
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.....rate. As a result it is difficult to determine what is real and what is artistic license or fabrication.
In conclusion, it can be argued that children literature tends to look at similar themes and issues. However, these themes and issues are treated differently. To prove this point the books The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and
Breaktime
by Aidan Chambers were examined. While both stories are coming of age stories they are coming of age stories in working class neighbourhoods they were structured slightly differently and emphasized different aspects of a theme or issue to create a unique story.
Works Cited
Chambers, Aidan,
Breaktime
, Amulet Books, New York,2008.
Cisneros, Sandra, The House on Mango Street, Vintage House,
2009.