Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The Construction of Gender in Children's Literature

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Susan S. Lehr
Heinemann, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 211 pages
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Children select role models from their friends, movies, television, and books. As teachers, librarians, and parents, we can provide alternative roles that present well-rounded male and female characters who have choices and options. How we can do this through the many genres in children's literature is the subject of this fine collection of essays. Beauty, Brains, and Brawn offers diverse perspectives on what it means to be a male or female child in children's literature, presenting stimulating views from the field's best-known authors, illustrators, and educators. The award-winning authors and illustrators include Jerry Pinkney, Katherine Paterson, Mem Fox, Gary Paulsen, Virginia Hamilton, Karen Cushman, Andrea Pinkney, Paul Zelinsky, and Patricia and Frederick McKissack. They talk about their motivation for creating the boys and girls in their books and they examine the child as audience.

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A professor of reading and children's literature at Skidmore College, Susan Lehr earned her Ph.D. in reading and children's literature at The Ohio State University in 1985. Her reader-response research with young children has been described extensively in her two books, Battling Dragons: Issues and Controversy in Children's Literature (Heinemann, 1995) and The Child's Developing Sense of Theme.

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