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ERIC Number: EJ793518
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7996
Harmony, Empathy, Loyalty, and Patience in Japanese Children's Literature
Kelley, Jane E.
Social Studies, v99 n2 p61-70 Mar-Apr 2008
Multicultural children's literature is a passport to foreign cultures. Because we live in a global and multicultural society, it is important to help children understand cultures different from their own. Many educators use picture storybooks to introduce the social life and customs of other societies. This article highlights four realistic picture storybooks that depict commonly held values, beliefs, and attitudes of Japanese culture. Specifically, this article focuses on four aspects that contribute to the foundation of the Japanese social system: harmony, empathy, loyalty, and patience. When introducing culture to children, it is imperative to share realistic picture storybooks that depict current ideology, social life, and customs. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan