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Snowmen at Night (Storytown Library, Grade K, Story 8) Paperback – November 1, 2005
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I would have liked this book better if it were perhaps only about the boys, or if the gender roles were not grossly cliche. My child and I could have then just imagined the horde as girls if we felt inclined. But since the author decided to highlight the gender roles of snow folk, our attentions were then drawn to the stark differences, and ultimately the lame presentation of female participation. We kept expecting the ladies to make another appearance and whoop it up with the fellas later in the story, but they never did.
I'm certainly not anti-male. Our library has a lovely assortment of books with both traditional and whimsical boy protagonists. It's just that I prefer to give my child the benefit of seeing women, mothers, girls, sisters portrayed in strong and creative ways that reflect the rich variety of skills and interests of females today (even if they are minor characters). It is not my intention to bash homemaker mothers either, I myself am one. I enjoy cooking for my family and serving cocoa on cold days, I even like doing dishes... but there's more to me than my cocoa.