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Should we burn Babar? : essays on children's literature and the power of stories

Author: Herbert R Kohl; Jack Zipes
Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by Norton, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The renowned author of 36 Children and, more recently, "I Won't Learn from You" and Other Thoughts on Creative Maladjustment turns his attention to children's literature and the power of stories in education. The title essay raises the question of what to do with a charming and compelling though politically and morally offensive text. In "Rosa Was Tired," Kohl points out the subtle racism inherent in the usual  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herbert R Kohl; Jack Zipes
ISBN: 1595581308 9781595581303
OCLC Number: 77606557
Description: xv, 224 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Should we burn Babar?: questioning power in children's literature --
A plea for radical children's literature --
Wicked boys and good schools: three takes on Pinocchio --
The good old days: I was there, where was they?: a fictional history of public education in the United States --
A love supreme: riffing on the standards: placing ideas and dreams at the center of high-stakes schooling.
Responsibility: Herbert Kohl ; introduction by Jack Zipes.

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The renowned author of 36 Children and, more recently, "I Won't Learn from You" and Other Thoughts on Creative Maladjustment turns his attention to children's literature and the power of stories in education. The title essay raises the question of what to do with a charming and compelling though politically and morally offensive text. In "Rosa Was Tired," Kohl points out the subtle racism inherent in the usual telling of the Rosa Parks story. Kohl provides close readings of well-known children's stories, highlighting instances of racism, sexism, and condescension. He provides strategies for detecting bias in other works for young people and offers powerful ideas for better ways to tell children stories.

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