What Are Little Girls Made Of?: A Guide to Female Role Models in Children's Literatureby Marjorie N. Allen
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.
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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