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Boys and Girls: Superheroes in the Doll Corner 59130th Edition
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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.
She went into her research with the assumption that boys and girls naturally developed similarly, and that it was only because of societal conditioning that they became different - taking on different roles and reacting differently. However, having noted how they were similar at age 3, she was surprised to find that their play actually became quite different during kindergarten. The girls tended to play in the "doll corner," taking on realistic roles, or ones inspired by fairy tales. The boys, on the other hand, tended to play in a loud, raucous manner, often taking on the role of superheroes, movie heroes (such as Luke Skywalker), and other such powerful characters. This is the story of the development of boys and girls, and how their development naturally leads them down different roads.
I must say that I really enjoyed this book. I liked how Ms. Paley worked the stories that the children told into the weave of her narrative, showing how it changed and what it said about the children and where they were at. What I liked even more, is how she presented herself as part of the "story" of the children, her overcoming her preconceived notions, and learning to view the children as they really were.
Overall, I think that this is a fascinating book, one that anyone who is interested in human development should read. I highly recommend this book!
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