ERIC Number: ED156565
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Sugar Cane Magic.
Mower, Nancy Alpert
The booklet contains a story for middle-grade students which shows how the roles of men and women change through the years. The main characters are three sixth graders in Hawaii: one girl has Hawaiian ancestors, one girl has Japanese ancestors, and one boy has New England missionary ancestors. The children discover a magic stalk of sugar cane which enables them to visit the past or future when they chew on it. As each one visits the past, the story reveals sex-role expectations of boys, girls, men, and women during the periods of ancient Polynesian culture, white Christian missionaries, and Japanese immigrant laborers in Hawaii. After experiencing this, the children discuss how different their lives and their parents' lives are in the present. Then, they visit the future and see themselves as young adults. The two girls become scientific explorers in space and underwater; the boy becomes an agricultural engineer growing experimental crops on the islands to supply the mainland. The story can serve as a starting point for discussion about changing sex roles in any location. (AV)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Coll. of Education. General Assistance Center for the Pacific.; Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, Honolulu.
Note: Illustrations on pages 4, 8, 10, 12, 18, 21, 24, 27-28, 32, 36, 38, 40, 43, 46, 48, 51 may not reproduce clearly in hard copy