The Boys Team by Amy Schwartz
(Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover))

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"We're the Boys Team
We three!
And me,

You can recognize them anywhere.
They build with blocks together.
They practice karate together.
They hate naps together.
They're kindergartners who
Rule The School!

But their days would not be
so delightfully full without...
Julia C.,
Julia D.,
and Sophie P.
Girls plus boys
equals the Friends Team:
in deft words
and funny pictures,
a winner!


About Amy Schwartz

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Amy Schwartz has written and illustrated many classic picture books, among them Bea and Mr. Jones, a Reading Rainbow feature; Oma and Bobo; Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner; A Teeny, Tiny Baby (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year); Some Babies, its sequel; and How to Catch an Elephant. She lives with her husband, historian and critic Leonard Marcus, and their son, Jacob, in Brooklyn, New York.
Published October 1, 2001 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books. 40 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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Both the text and art reinforce some unfortunate stereotypes: boys chasing girls with a worm, all three little girls in dresses, exclusively female teachers all wearing dresses, and boys treating girls like second-class citizens, with the girls accepting this status meekly.

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When the teacher asks her students to name their pets, for instance, the boy answers that he has 39 goldfish and a parrot, then admits that he doesn't actually have any pets, but those are the pets that he would have if he did have any.

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