ERIC Number: ED221881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Velveteen Rabbit, the Little Prince, and Friends: Posacculturation through Literature.
"Posacculturation" (positive acculturation) is the power of literature to deepen understandings and appreciations of the self and others. In the successful posacculturation process, the facilitator identifies the values, concepts, or behaviors to be acculturated; selects the appropriate literature to meet the reader's needs; and communicates the literary work. The reader crystalizes an awareness of the characters in the work and experiments with various creative expressions such as creative drama, pantomime, role play, puppetry, and creative writing. The best literature for posacculturation revolves around three major themes: (1) becoming of self; (2) developing positive human relationships; and (3) coping with the dynamic, changing world. Among others, works dealing with these themes include "The Pigman" by Paul Zindel, "The Velveteen Rabbit,""The Little Prince,""Jonathon Livingston Seagull,""The Door in the Wall,""Charlotte's Web,""All Kinds of Families,""Harriet the Spy,""The Outsiders,""Nilda,""Across Five Aprils,""Blubber," and "Grapes of Wrath." Studies do confirm that readers are influenced by literature, although the extent of this influence is uncertain. Finally, "Behavior Patterns in Children's Books" and "Reading Ladders for Human Relationships" are two good annotated bibliographies to help the facilitator select appropriate books. (JL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Professional Clinic Association of Teacher Educators (Phoenix, AZ, February 13-19, 1982).