Multicultural Friendship Stories and Activities for Children Ages 5-14

Multicultural Friendship Stories and Activities for Children Ages 5-14

by Patricia L. Roberts
     
 

All children can benefit from building new friendships and repairing old ones. For the librarian, teacher, or parent who wishes to foster compassionate multicultural relationships between and among children, this manual offers help. It includes an annotated bibliography of children's books that contain characters of different cultural heritages who display

Overview

All children can benefit from building new friendships and repairing old ones. For the librarian, teacher, or parent who wishes to foster compassionate multicultural relationships between and among children, this manual offers help. It includes an annotated bibliography of children's books that contain characters of different cultural heritages who display friendship with others. For each book listed, Roberts highlights the heritage of the book's main character(s), the age levels for which it is intended, and includes detailed plans, materials to use, objectives, activities, and discussion questions. The stories and accompanying activities will help children build associations with others, understand the value of support groups, and recognize the value of friendships. Sample lessons from selected books show educators and parents how such literature can be used to help children develop friendship skills. Children's books are categorized by family friendships, neighborhood and community friendships, and world friendships. Contains a broad sampling of quality picture books for children ages 5-8, as well as books without pictures for children ages 9-14.

Editorial Reviews

The Story Bag
Well-organized and useful.
The School Librarian
The layout is clear, with the goals of each topic given, useful titles, ideas for discussion and activities...an excellent idea...
Lisca
...provides a list of resources and related lessons for the librarian, teacher, or parent who wishes to foster compassionate relationships. The real strength in tis volume is the listing and annotation of good multicultural literature.
Library Lane
...provides detailed plans, lists materials, objectives, activities, and discussion questions for use in the classroom...[a] fine publication...
School Library Journal
Aimed at school librarians, this compendium of recommended reading and connected activities is potentially as valuable for classroom teachers. Titles are divided by age level (5-8, 9-14) and then by topic ("Family Friendships;" "Community, Neighborhood, and School Friendships;" and "Friendships around the World"). For each entry, the author provides an annotation and a cultural "heritage" label along with instructions, goals, and materials necessary for several related activities. Most of these lessons are designed to encourage children to develop and value friendships, in some cases across cultural lines; many promote seeing another point of view. An annotated bibliography of additional stories is also included. All of the entries suggest a reading age, but it is not clear how this was determined; Pam Conrad's My Daniel and Virginia Hamilton's Junius over Far are suggested for the same age as Karen Ackerman's The Song and Dance Man. A list of readings and resources for adults suggests a wide range of titles, but inexplicably omits two of the most valuable multicultural bibliographies: Hazel Rochman's Against Borders (ALA, 1993) and Ginny Moore Kruse and Kathleen Horning's Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults (DIANE, 1997). The strength of Roberts's title is not its cultural breadth but the practical suggestions with a friendship focus that are offered.-Kathleen Isaacs, Edmund Burke School, Washington, DC
Booknews
A manual that offers help to the librarian, teacher, or parent who wishes to foster compassionate multicultural relationships between and among children. Includes an annotated bibliography of children's books that contain characters of different cultural heritages who display friendship with others. For each book listed, the author highlights the heritage of the book's main character(s) and the age levels for which it is intended along with detailed plans, materials, objectives, activities, and discussion questions for use in the classroom. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810833593
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/12/1998
Series:
School Library Media Series, #12
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
5 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Patricia L. Roberts is Professor of Education at California State University, Sacramento. She is the author of twenty teaching works including Alphabet: A Handbook of ABC Books (Scarecrow, 1994), and Taking Humor Seriously in Children's Literature (Scarecrow, 1997). She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English.

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