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

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

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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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ISBN-13: 9781565842595
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 08/28/1996
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Herbert Kohl is a celebrated writer, teacher, and advocate. He is the author of more than forty books, including “I Won’t Learn from You”: And Other Thoughts on Creative Maladjustment, Should We Burn Babar?: Essays on Children’s Literature and the Power of Stories, The Discipline of Hope: Learning from a Lifetime of Teaching, Stupidity and Tears: Teaching and Learning in Troubled Times, She Would Not Be Moved: How We Tell the Story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and The Herb Kohl Reader: Awakening the Heart of Teaching (all published by The New Press), as well as the bestselling classic 36 Children. He is a co-author, with Judith Kohl, of The View from the Oak: The Private Worlds of Other Creatures and a co-editor, with Tom Oppenheim, of The Muses Go to School: Inspiring Stories About the Importance of Arts in Education, both published by The New Press. A recipient of a National Book Award and a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, he was the founder and first director of the Teachers and Writers Collaborative in New York City, has served as a senior fellow at the Open Society Institute, and established the PEN West Center. In 2010, Kohl was named a Guggenheim Fellow in education. He lives in Point Arena, California.

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Should We Burn Babar?: Essays on Children's Literature and the Power of Stories 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
tracyjayhawk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kohl takes a long hard look at the wisdom of censorship in children's literature. This book is surprisingly entertaining, and it definitely caused me to think long and hard about Babar. A great encouragement to reading against the grain.