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ERIC Number: EJ883570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes, Cornrows, and Curls: Building on Books to Explore Physical Diversity with Preschool Children
Kemple, Kristen M.; Lopez, Maria
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v37 n1 p23-31 Win 2009
Children notice physical characteristics of others and develop attitudes toward human diversity at a very young age. High-quality children's literature is a helpful springboard to encourage their awareness of differences and to develop their appreciation of uniqueness. Children's books can be an important avenue for shaping how children perceive others who are different from themselves, as well as how they view themselves. This article presents books for young children that raise up for consideration, in a very active and direct way, human physical differences which are associated with race and/or geographical origin including hair color and texture, skin color, and facial structures. It highlights a few "centerpiece books" that serve as excellent examples of the four categories of facial features, hair color and texture, skin color, and human commonalities. For each of these highlighted books, a variety of learning extensions are suggested. These explorations are intended to spur teachers' own ideas for building meaningful learning opportunities based on the book's text and illustrations. Following these examples is an annotated bibliography of additional high-quality books on this topic.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A