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ERIC Number: ED143022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Images of Minorities in the Illustrations of Children's Books.
Cianciolo, Patricia Jean
This paper delineates some desirable characteristics of illustrations for children's books about minorities. After noting that many contemporary book illustrations are expressionistic and should not be interpreted in a literal manner, the paper discusses the following qualities that should characterize illustrations of minority people: the illustrations should depict individuals from the diverse cultural groups involved in universal experiences; the individuals from the diverse groups should be shown participating in, or functioning according to, the traditions or salient shared experiences most commonly retained by the members of their culture group; the illustrations should offer the readers positive and authentic images of individuals; they should depict all types and classes of people within a single culture group; and each individual should be portrayed in a variety of realistic situations and should exhibit unique characteristics. The paper cites many specific book illustrations that exemplify the characteristics discussed and includes a bibliography of the books cited. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (66th, Chicago, Illinois, November 25-27, 1976)