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ERIC Number: ED403057
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 6
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Let's Add R.I.C.E. (Relevant, Intercultural, Childhood Experiences) to Our Curriculum Menu!
Willmott, Kathleen E.; Lee-Harris, Stephanie
In the United States and other countries experiencing large influxes of immigrants, how to acknowledge and address the increased diversity has been a challenge for early childhood education. This article explores the use of children's literature in this process, and includes a brief description and evaluation of five culturally diverse children's books. The article begins with a discussion of the benefits of children's literature and the history of cultural diversity within children's books. It continues with a description of the country's move from the cultural concept of a melting pot to that of a tossed salad, and then proposes definitions for "multicultural,""culturally diverse," and "cross-cultural" that can be applied in evaluating children's books. The article then assesses five books within the framework of these definitions, including "Everyone Cooks Rice" (Dooley), "I Speak English for My Mom" (Gomez), and "Amazing Grace" (Hoffman). It concludes with a description of the avenues of support available to educators implementing cultural diversity in the classroom. Contains 22 references. (EV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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