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ERIC Number: EJ986896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Reflections of the Caribbean in Children's Picture Books: A Critical Multicultural Analysis
Malcolm, Zaria T.; Lowery, Ruth McKoy
Multicultural Education, v19 n1 p46-50 Fall 2011
In this article, the authors argue for a critical analysis of the books that are used to represent different cultural groups in the United States. They advocate exposing preservice teachers and others to the diverse experiences of young children in books, to the ways in which these books can be used in classrooms, and they argue that the stories presented should reflect the diverse nature of the cultures being represented. The authors discuss their search for Caribbean representations in children's literature, looking particularly at books that are available in their local libraries. The picture books discussed in this article offer multiple opportunities for such critical analyses in their representations of the Caribbean and its people. The authors wanted to see what aspects of Caribbean life are readily available in picture books to young children as well as to others curious to understand the life of Caribbean children. Because Caribbean immigrants, particularly Jamaicans, are the largest Black immigrant group in the United States (Banks, 2009; Waters, 1999), the authors posit that books representing this group of children should be available within multicultural literature for all children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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