Should We Burn Babar? Essays on Children's Literature and the Power of Stories

ISBN-10: 1595581308

ISBN-13: 9781595581303

Edition: 2007 (Revised)

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Description: A new edition of the prizewinning educator's thoughts on the politics of children's literature, including a new essay written for this volume. In "provocative and entertaining essays [that] will appeal to reflective readers, parents, and educators" (Library Journal), one of the country's foremost education writers looks at the stories we tell our children. Available now in a revised edition, including a new essay on the importance of "stoop-sitting" and storytelling, Should We Burn Babar? challenges some of the chestnuts of children's literature. Highlighting instances of racism, sexism, and condescension that detract from the tales being told, Kohl provides strategies for detecting bias in stories written for young people and suggests ways to teach kids to think critically about what they read. Beginning with the title essay on Babar the elephant, the book includes essays on Pinocchio, the history of progressive education, and a call for the writing of more radical children's literature. As the Hungry Mind Review concluded, "Kohl's prescriptions for renewing our schools through the use of stories and storytelling are impassioned, well-reasoned, and readable."

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 1/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

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
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