Should We Burn Babar? by Herbert R. Kohl
Essays on Children's Literature and the Power of Stories

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In “provocative and entertaining essays [that] will appeal to reflective readers, parents, and educators” (Library Journal), one of the country’s foremost education writers looks at the stories we tell our children. Available now in a revised edition, including a new essay on the importance of “stoop-sitting” and storytelling, Should We Burn Babar? challenges some of the chestnuts of children’s literature. Highlighting instances of racism, sexism, and condescension that detract from the tales being told, Kohl provides strategies for detecting bias in stories written for young people and suggests ways to teach kids to think critically about what they read.

Beginning with the title essay on Babar the elephant—“just one of a fine series of inquiries into the power children’s books have to shape cultural attitudes,” according to Elliott Bay Booknotes—the book includes essays on Pinocchio, the history of progressive education, and a call for the writing of more radical children’s literature. As the Hungry Mind Review concluded, “Kohl’s prescriptions for renewing our schools through the use of stories and storytelling are impassioned, well-reasoned, and readable.”


 

About Herbert R. Kohl

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Herbert Kohl is the author of such seminal books as "36 Children " and" The Open Classroom. Growing Minds" is his tenth book concerning the subject of education. Currently, he is working in the field of learning and computer technology.
 
Published August 1, 1995 by New Press, The. 178 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The self-styled radical educator (``I Won't Learn from You,'' 1994, etc.) collects meandering, utterly predictable essays on the importance of narrative in the education of children.

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In a bracing critique of children's books and U.S. public schools, prolific writer and educator Kohl observes that most children's stories emphasize success and personal autonomy instead of cooperatio

Jul 31 1995 | Read Full Review of Should We Burn Babar?: Essays...

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Kohl advocates that we teach children how to question the underlying cultural assumptions of what they read. (Aug.)

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In a bracing critique of children's books and U.S. public schools, prolific writer and educator Kohl observes that most children's stories emphasize success and personal autonomy instead of cooperation.

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Kohl advocates that we teach children how to question the underlying cultural assumptions of what they read.

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