ERIC Number: EJ1010819
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Reference Count: 44
The Representation of Latinos and the Use of Spanish: A Critical Content Analysis of "Skippyjon Jones"
Martínez-Roldan, Carmen M.
Journal of Children's Literature, v39 n1 p5-14 Spr 2013
This study illustrates the presence of Mock Spanish in some English-based picture books and the ways this usage misrepresents Latino people, language, and culture. The author conducted a critical content analysis of five Skippyjon Jones books. Her guiding question was, How is language used, particularly Spanish, in these English texts, and what are the consequences of this use for the representation of Mexican characters in the stories. In this article, she presents the analysis of one book, "Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse," as representative of the ways Spanish is used in the series.
Descriptors: Picture Books, Hispanic Americans, Cultural Awareness, Childrens Literature, Language Usage, Spanish, Multicultural Education, Stereotypes, Social Attitudes, Semantics, Animals, Pronunciation, Mexicans, Racial Bias, Content Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
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