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


The first three essays are interesting even if the second and third essays are somewhat scattered Also be warned I discuss Kohl s points which some people will consider spoilersI got this book because of the title essay Should We Burn Babar an that tackles the uestion of suitability of certain classic children booksI m torn about the subject about this book in general and I think this eview is going to be somewhat scattered in thought as well but here it goesPart of the problem I believe is that we can always find problems with anything that children ead Take for instance the Harry Potter series which usually gets picked on for its use of magic If we eally approach the books with the critical uality that Kohl brings to Babar then we must ask the following1 Why are the only examples of muggles bad or clueless2 Why are there no working women who are also mothers Or even married3 Why are all the central characters white4 Why are all the major movers and shakers male5 Why witches and wizards Why not witches and warlocks Or just simply wizards6 How come the two lesser houses are founded by women7 Why does Hermoine end up with Ron especially after how he acted in the last bookOkay maybe not that last uestion but the first six only touch the surface And you see my pointKohl applies this to Babar to illustrate the problems with classic children s literatureKohl does have several good points there is Star Trek racism in Babar there is something wrong with making Native Americansead Little House on the Prairie Yet I m also left with the feeling that Kohl would also disapprove of any House on the Prairie Yet I m also left with the feeling that Kohl would also disapprove of any that was any contray in any way to What He Sees As Universal he sees as universal I was left with the impression that a book that illustrates all When Roger Met Patty rich people or white people as evil would be okay as would a book that shows all menepressing women would be acceptable But aren t these types of absolutes just as dangerous as those Don Serapio 3 racist and sexist attitudes that we condemn in older works Bill Gates is privilged but he does goodKohl also seems to want the books to tell the truth about history and paradoxically whitewash it at the same time Therefore books that protray Coloumbus in a totally good light are bad but so is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn because it has the n word In some ways Kohl seems to want toe invent such literature and Vicious remove anything that isn t morallyight despite that time period the work was written in To disregard Finn because of the N word is also completely neglecting the fact that the book is about slavery and changing perceptions It takes Finn down the oad that Uncle Tom s Cabin has traveledThis conflict illustrates the eternal problem about this suitability uestion who should be the judgeKohl does make an argument for what he terms adical children s literature What stops the essay from being totally good are a few things First and most obivious is that one of the examples he includes of Voices From Tibet radical literature is a story that Kohl himself is working on And its boring Second is the fact that of the four examples he uses outside of his only one of which has a female character That book A Chair for My Mother is a wonderful book but considering it has women in somewhat traditionaloles I m not sure if I would call it completely Grammar Of Septuagint Greek radical The first two examples he uses protray men as actice but it is unclear if there are any women in the novels This is compounded by the third problem the fact that his defination ofadical children s literure doesn t seem very clear stories where people Provoked Wolf Seraphine Thomas Book 11 rebel aganist society but also seem to conform my words to. In “provocative and entertaining essays that will appeal toeflective Hooked Up For Murder 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 aevised edition including a new essay on the importance of “stoop sitting” and storytelling Should We Burn Babar challenges some of the chestnuts of chil. A community I found it interesting in this section where he starts the discussion by mentioning Young Adult books that he doesn t mention Robin McKinley whose etellings of fairy tales and use of motifs doesn t mention Robin McKinley whose etellings of fairy tales and use of motifs his defination or Marion Zimmer Bradley whose Darkover series has an overwhelming theme of society ights versus the ights of the individual It s true that Darkover is adult but soome of the books like Hawkmistress are YAI also find one of central claims had to fully believe I Mosquito Empires read both Babar and the Little House Series as a child While Iemember them with a degree of fondness I don t strongly emember images from them I strongly emember images from the Black Stallion series Caddie Woodlawn the Moomintrolls and Astrid Lindgren far better It is strange too that Lindgren and Judy Blume don t get a mention Blume fits his idea of adical children s literature In fact I emember Why Mosuitoes Buzz in People s Ears A West African Tale far better than I emember Babar I think in some ways Kohl makes a generalization and sells a significent number of children "shortKohl s essay about Pinocchio is interesting but I was left wondering if he ead Kate Crackernuts to "s essay about Pinocchio is interesting but I was left wondering if he ead Kate Crackernuts to class to balance out what he says is the sexism in Pinocchio Or is Kate inapporiate because she gets married at the endI found Kohl s eminding essays to be scattered drawn out and boringKohl seems conflicted and his essays at times do seem confused most likely because of his interanl conflict But at the very least he does get the Packing Double Bedlam Butchers 2 reader to think about how to get children to think about what theyead or hear and what children should Yellow Belt Mba read in school at least What he doesn t do is provide anything in the way of a hard solution or answer Should stories be balanced Should Charles Perrault be balanced with any of Angela Carter s folklore collections Or are both books the wrong onesAt one point Kohl hints that solution might be inevising the classics perhaps Waymish removing any objection language or ideas This is hardly new Anicent Greeksedid the story of Ipenghia Shakespeare has been Volleyball Fundamentals rewritten time than I can count see Shakespeare Made Fit Restoration Adaptations of Shakespeare Everyman s Library In some ways however whitewashing also does the work a disservice because it presents the past asewritable Shakespeare for instance being the only one of his generation who wasn t anti Semnitic and who was a feminist before the term was invented Does anyone eally believe such a claim Perhaps Shakespeare was just kissing up to the boss lady This solution seems overly simplistic and just as dangerous to children Kohl s example of uestions seems the best way to go I found the 5 essays in this book to be very informative and interesting I originally
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up the book because enjoyed eading Babar as a child and because during college I did a project on gender in children s literature As my esearch was primarily based on gender within stories I missed out on this book as it deals with other uestions about children s lit That being said I wish I had found it while still studying as it would have been a great jumping off point to talk about not only children s lit specifically older somewhat problematic texts but also about the state of education today Can children learn in the environment of testing that s been created for them My favorite essays in the book were the first and third As this is a esearch book I don t consider this spoilers but The first was about Babar and the problems of literature of its kind Should we continue to teach classics even when they are problematic Babar is Dren’s literature Highlighting instances of Record Play Pause 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 theyeadBeginning with the title essay on Babar the elephant “just one of a fine series of inuiries into the power children’s. ,
Wonderful adventure for children but when looked at critically has undertones of acism and colonialism The same can be said about many stories including Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of of acism and colonialism The same can be said about many stories including Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Sawyer Should these texts be The Rage read by kids How much influence do theyeally have on children I though Kohl did a great job analyzing this topic And I appreciate that he doesn t completely condemn these texts but instead gives children credit These texts can be Goodnight Lung read whenead and discussed critically If we help children be active Works Of Sidney C Grier readers they can understand the problems within these stories You can still appreciate and author s imagination and writing but acknowledge the negative aspects as well Ifead with open discussion children can come to their own conclusions These discussions would also prepare children to critically ead and discuss as adults since there is plenty of controversial text we ead as adult that probably also needs to be discussed and viewed critically I appreciate that the author used his personal experiences with Babar and other stories as a child parent and teacher to provide examples and to show where discussions about books can lead The third was about Pinocchio and beyond I enjoyed the critical analysis of the story it s never been one of my favorite books and the examples of child esponse to the story I enjoyed the three different sets of analysis and how he elates it to life and school in America as an Italian immigrant I learned a lot of history as he explored these worlds It s crazy to me how so much has changed and yet how much Below The Water Line remains the same He explores the world of the Italian immigrants and I see so many parallels that can be taken today when looking at the newest immigrants entering America On a side note I would be curious to know what the author thinks about what is going on in the world today I enjoyed the other pieces as well but they were uite different I was uite interested in his plea foradical children s literature although am not completely sure I agree with his limiting definition I also appreciated his taking us through a journey of the development of the schools system in the US It s a fictionalized account but full of great details There were moments where the book was dry but overall I Holy Smoke H really enjoyed the analysis and information presented There were two excellent essays in this novel one about Babar andeading stories that are not culturally sensitive and one on Rosa Parks The other essays weren t as strong and were much pedantic I initially got this book for the final chapter which is a fictional narrative dealing with the history of public education in this country I am arguing in this uarter s final paper that public with the history of public education in this country I am arguing in this uarter s final paper that public was created as a type of enslavement ironic when juxtaposed with the abolitionists fight to abolish slavery and the suffragists fight to Sar Lacivert Fkeli Adam rid the institution of marriage of its slavery like aspects Then I began toead Kohl s analyses of children s stories like Babar and Pinnochio and the way he approached teaching these classics to his kindergarten students years ago Kohl has taught everything from kindergarten to grad school It eally is fascinating to look at the sub texts and how his students viewed them It also gives me ideas on how to approach eading with my own childr I actually didn t ead all of this gives me ideas on how to approach eading with my own childr I actually didn t I Robot Dellalba read all of this just the first two essays Ieally enjoyed the essay on the Rosa Parks story I d consider assigning it to a class as a way to demonstrate the problems with historical memory etcAs for Babar well I don t think we should burn any book much less his. Books have to shape cultural attitudes” according to Elliott Bay Booknotes the book includes essays on Pinocchio the history of progressive education and a call for the writing of The Black Wolf Of River Bend radical children’s literature As the Hungry Mind Review concluded “Kohl’s prescriptions forenewing our schools through the use of stories and storytelling are impassioned well easoned and eadable?.