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ERIC Number: ED052907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Pages: 13
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The Minority Image in Books for Youth: Evolution and Evaluation.
McGuire, Alice Brooks
The image of minorities, particularly blacks, in children's literature has been evolving since World War II when authors' sensitivities to the unjust treatment of such groups were aroused. The implications of this evolution for the critic of children's literature today are important. Passing through the "Age of Awareness" of the forties and fifties when "brotherhood" was the key word, through the "Age of Racism" of the sixties and seventies when ethnic identity achieves importance, into the "Age of Understanding" of the future when, hopefully, differentiation of minority groups will cease to mark a book as appropriate for one group only, we can now hopefully evaluate books for their literary quality rather than for the "messages" of their content and the ethnic qualities of their characters. By examining several outstanding books and their reviews from the past decades, we can trace the development of criteria for evaluation and can formulate criteria for judging books in the future. The key to such judgment is whether the book is considered good literature and whether it is appropriate and worthwhile for all children. Such evaluation and criticism of literature will help improve the overall quality of books for children in the future. References are included. (AL)
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the International Reading Association, Atlantic City, N.J., Apr. 19-23, 1971