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  1. ‘Cushla, Carol and Rebecca’, Signal, 24 (1977): 140-148.


  2. ‘Peter Rabbit lettuces, or, around Europe with a four-year-old bookworm’, Orana, 13 (1977) : 21-24.


  3. Adult, Book, Child, 2nd edn, Melbourne: Australian Library Promotion Council, 1979.


  4. ‘Where the wild things aren’t: books, fantasy and the three year old’, Kindergarten Teachers’ Association of Victoria News, 4 (1979) : 12, 15.


  5. ‘Snufkin, Sniff and Little My: the “reality” of fictional characters for the young child’, Papers: explorations into children’s literature, 2 (1991): 87-96.


  6. ‘“Stop! You didn’t read who wrote it!”: the concept of author’, Children’s Literature in Education, 22 (1991): 79-88.


  7. ‘“Where’s Pat Hutchins?”: the young child’s concept of author’, in Sharing Adventures in Literacy: Australian Reading Association, Victorian State Conference, Frankston, Vic.: Australian Reading Association, 1991.


  8. ‘“I don’t like the bitings”: young children’s fear reactions to books’, in Towards Excellence in Children’s Literature: proceedings of a conference sponsored by the Graduate Diploma in Children’s Literature, Toorak, Vic.: Deakin University, 1992.


  9. ‘“What are you writing?”: the parent-observer at home’, Signal, 75 (1994): 182-193.


  10. ‘Which dreamed it?: two children, philosophy and Alice’, Children’s Literature in Education, 25 (1994): 55-62.


  11. ‘The incongruous, the funny and the real: young children’s humour responses to books’, in Making Sense of Humour: proceedings of the Third Children’s Literature Conference … Deakin University, Burwood, Vic.: Centre for Cultural Communication and School of Literature and Journalism, Deakin University, 1995.


  12. ‘Little fur coats of their own: clothed animals as metafictional markers and children as their audience’, in Bradford, C. (ed.) Writing the Australian Child: texts and contexts in fictions for children, Perth: University of Western Australia Press in association with Centre for Research in Cultural Communication, Deakin University, 1996.


  13. ‘An audience of “non-peers”: childist criticism and the case study’, in Nimon, M. (ed.) Old Neighbours, New Visions: selected papers from the first conference of Australian Children’s Literature Association for Research … 1997, Magill, S.A.: Centre for Children’s Literature, University of South Australia, 1997.


  14. ‘“Is this a real story?”: very young children and the understanding of reality and pretence, of realism and fantasy’, in Pope, R. (ed.) Making it Real: proceedings of the Fourth Children’s Literature Conference, Deakin University, Burwood, Vic.: Deakin University and the Centre for Cultural Communication, 1997.


  15. Gaps in ‘Read-Makers’: young children finding and filling gaps in stories, Double Dialogues, 2. 2002. Online. http://www.doubledialogues.com/archive/issue_two/lowe.htm




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Gaps in 'Read-Makers': Young Children Finding and Filling Gaps in Stories
  • Picture books such as Where the Wild Things Are and The Tale of Peter Rabbit are full of gaps which children fill as they work out the meanings of pictures and text and the relations between the two. Here Rebecca and Ralph are quoted working on their understanding of different titles.


  • This article by Virginia Lowe is published in the internet journal Double Dialogues




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