Saturday, August 26, 2017

Gettin Through Thursday

The day before mama gets paid is the hardest day of the week, and sometimes results in a broken heart.  What happens when you've been promised a celebration for a hard earned report card with top grades that you might not get after all? Report card day falls on a Thursday, the day mama doesn't have any money left.  Melrose Cooper and NNeka Bennett have provided readers with a narrative that includes concepts around economic inequality and access for children to engage in critical discourse around economic diversity.
 
Access and exposure to diverse narratives in picture books offer children opportunity to learn about their familiar communities and their unimagined, unexplored world.  Words and illustrations on the pages invite the reader to participate, with exposed characters and their personal experiences lived.  Thus, there is a great need for a variety of representations of family, school, and life.  As children deepen their own sense of self through the portrayals they connect too.  Bishop said:
Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange.  These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created and recreated by the author.  When lighting conditions are just right, however a window can be a mirror. (1990, as cited by Harris, 2007, p.153)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Who are the poor in picture books?


Who are the poor in picture books? Jamaican Americans Zettie and her mom live in their car, while focusing on their plan for a real home of their own. They came to America after Zettie's dad died. They shower in public bathrooms, drink three day old leftover soda, and feel isolated from their community. Zettie's mom works part time and attends community college. The ending does not find the perfect solution, but leaves the reader with hope that the family might have a way out of poverty- with work, great sacrifice, luck, and access to a person who might be able to help some.