What Are Little Girls Made Of?: A Guide to Female Role Models in Children's Literature

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From children's classics to contemporary novels for teens, books affect the way young readers see themselves, and ultimately play a role in shaping selfesteem. Combining critical discussion with practical suggestions, What Are Little Girls Made Of? traces the development of female characters in children's literature and examines how these ...
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Overview

From children's classics to contemporary novels for teens, books affect the way young readers see themselves, and ultimately play a role in shaping selfesteem. Combining critical discussion with practical suggestions, What Are Little Girls Made Of? traces the development of female characters in children's literature and examines how these characters serve as role models for girls.

Chapters examine:
• The subtle messages in children's books that affect selfesteem
• Contrary and controversial female characters
• The impact of cultural heritage on female identity in contemporary children's books
• The popularity of teen series fiction, from Nancy Drew to the Babysitters' Club
• Books that address social, physical, and emotional problems that affect girls
• and much more.

Each chapter includes an annotated bibliography of recommended books for different reading levels. What Are Little Girls Made Of? is an uptodate compendium of children's books with memorable female characters and enduring influence on young readers. It is ideal for researchers, parents, teachers, and students of children's literature, education, or women's studies.
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Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Allen uses selected titles to explore the roles of girls in children's fiction. Moving from picture books to young adult novels, a number of topics are addressed: female characters in the context of their historical periods; racial and ethnic backgrounds; personal and social issues; series fiction. Each chapter concludes with an annotated bibliography of the titles discussed. This is a workmanlike effort, and a personal selection, but one misses strong books unmentioned and unsung.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816036738
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Defining Self 1
1 Words and Pictures: Seeking Self 13
2 Down the Rabbit Hole: Confirming Self 35
3 When Grandma was a Flapper: Exploring Self 51
4 East is East and West is West: Identifying Self 69
5 Issues in Adolescence: Accepting Self 85
6 What are Little Girls Made of? Doubting Self 97
7 Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary: Challenging Self 113
8 Great Expectations: Reshaping Self 123
App. A Bibliography of Recommended Books for Girls and Boys 133
App. B: Research Bibliography 147
Index 151
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