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Boys and Girls: Superheroes in the Doll Corner Paperback – April 15, 1986

ISBN-13: 978-0226644929 ISBN-10: 9780226644929

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 123 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (April 15, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780226644929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226644929
  • ASIN: 0226644928
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vivian Gussin Paley worked for nearly forty years as a preschool and kinder-garten teacher and is the author of thirteen books about young children, including, most recently, A Child's Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "truthball" on May 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Paley continues with her success in capturing the world of her kindergarteners in this treament of gender differences among younger children. She explores the comments made in class, providing the reader with an in-depth look into the kindergarteners' lives and how they see one another, especially in terms of gender. You'll laugh at what the kids have to say and wonder about Paley's observations concerning gender exclusion and segregation, as well as the children's general ideas of what it means to be a boy or a girl.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jay on July 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
Paley once again turns out a superb account of her observations as a kindergarten teacher. In "Boys and Girls", Paley focuses her attention on gender. She experiments with changing the way they play and in their P.E. classes. She comes up with some very good points about both the differences and similarities in young boys and girls. Most importantly though, she tells how play is the work of young children and the way that boys and girls approach that work in different matters. While she is speaking about gender issues, she is careful not to over-generalize because there are always exceptions to the rules of a classroom.
Why 4 Stars?: I have always enjoyed Paley's books and her comments about the development of kindergarten children. She truly has a gift for getting inside the minds of 5-year olds. Her books serve as a guide for teachers, parents and any adult who has any interaction with children. Many of her statements can also be applied to adults and the society at large not just her classroom.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Williams on February 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book.
It follows several children through kindergarten.
It looks at sex differences.
It's very interesting.
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