Children select role models from their friends, movies, television, and books. As teachers, librarians, and parents, we can provide alternative roles that present well-rounded male and female characters who have choices and options. How we can do this through the many genres in children's literature is the subject of this fine collection of essays. "Beauty, Brains, and BraChildren select role models from their friends, movies, television, and books. As teachers, librarians, and parents, we can provide alternative roles that present well-rounded male and female characters who have choices and options. How we can do this through the many genres in children's literature is the subject of this fine collection of essays. "Beauty, Brains, and Brawn" offers diverse perspectives on what it means to be a male or female child in children's literature, presenting stimulating views from the field's best-known authors, illustrators, and educators. The award-winning authors and illustrators talk about their motivation for creating the boys and girls in their books and they examine the child as audience. Essays from educators explore larger issues related to current research on gender and the classroom, multiethnic experiences and gender, and gender portrayals in contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and picture books. Topics include parental roles in books for children, the kinds of books available for very young children and the gender issues housed within them, diversity and gender, the politics of gender and gender stereotypes in children's literature, finding authentic female and male voices in historical fiction, and the clash of conservative and liberal values in children's literature. Popular images in the media are also considered....
|Title||:||Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The Construction of Gender in Children's Literature|
|Number of Pages||:||224 Pages|
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Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The Construction of Gender in Children's Literature Reviews
I found this book to be fascinating. The authors definitely have a modern and liberal agenda, and since I'm quite conservative, I disagreed with some of what they said. However, for the most part, I enjoyed these essays and found them informative and enlightening. I was familiar with most of the books which were mentioned, and found the new viewpoints interesting, whether or not I agreed. It opened my eyes to some of hte difficulties of children's librarianship. If you are interested in gender studies and/or psychology and literature, this is an excellent collection to peruse - whether or not you need it for academic purposes!
I will buy almost any of Lehr's anthologies of articles on a subject, because I know I'll find the most thought-provoking opinions on literature for kids and teens under her aegis. There will be critical thinking on and by my favorite authors, teachers, librarians, and critics, and they'll be dealing with my favorite subjects--like this one, which is my favorite. There is plenty to think about in these essays on how we teach girls to wait for princes, frivolity in middle grade series books, developing female characters in historical fiction, gender in picture books, and so on. And there are author and illustrator profiles that illuminate the articles, including people like Fred and Patricia McKissack, Gary Paulsen, and Karen Cushman.There is a lot of thought-provoking stuff that challenges our assumptions and asks us to break out of the standard molds. The book is very readable, and I think anyone who's interested in writing or teaching lit for kids and young adults, or working in their libraries, will find this a book worth reading.
The good thing about this book is, it is a collection of essays on a wide range of related topics, so you get to hear different voices, and sometimes even get a parallax view of one kid's book's strong anfd weak points. The bad part is, a lot of these authors don't explicily consider what kind of gender they are trying to construct; they don't get beyond "strong, sensiitive males and females good." The extent to which gender can be dangerously questionable, rather than simply PC/not 1950s, doesn't really come up. Take this book and run with it...and when it stops, keep running...
This collections of essays and profiles is geared toward those in education who use children's literature to teach. I'm sure it will probably be much more useful to them than it is to me; however, I did enjoy Margaret Chang's essay a great deal.