ERIC Number: ED458040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Examining Multicultural Picture Books for the Early Childhood Classroom: Possibilities and Pitfalls.
Mendoza, Jean; Reese, Debbie
Early Childhood Research & Practice, v3 n2 Fall 2001
Picture books that depict the variety of ethnic, racial, and cultural groups within U.S. society (known generally as multicultural picture books) allow young children opportunities to develop their understanding of others, while affirming children of diverse backgrounds. This paper discusses the possibilities and the pitfalls involved in the selection of multicultural literature for use with young children. The paper examines two books featuring Mexican American protagonists to illuminate issues and problems in the images the books present of Mexican Americans, and discusses some contemporary theories on race as ways of understanding such issues and problems. Finally, the paper considers possible actions for early childhood educators and teacher education programs to improve selection of multicultural literature. (Contains 80 references.) (Author/LPP)
Descriptors: American Indians, Book Reviews, Childrens Literature, Critical Reading, Cultural Awareness, Early Childhood Education, Evaluation Criteria, Illustrations, Mexican Americans, Multicultural Education, Picture Books, Reading Material Selection, Stereotypes, Teacher Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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