Showing posts with label gender. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gender. Show all posts

Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party -- Book Review & Costume

Disclosure: Candlewick Press gave me an advance copy of this book free of charge to review. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

Have you discovered The Princess in Black yet? I wrote about our discovery of this amazing series back in July. Hazel chose The Princess in Black as her prize for finishing the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program. It had been a tough choice, but she was really glad with the outcome!! This became one of her favorite books ever. Then we discovered that a new Princess in Black book was coming out October 13th and from Candlewick Press--one of our favorite publishers. I asked for a review copy and they sent it right away. Can I tell you how excited Hazel was to have the second book in the series months early? Oh, my, she has been telling everyone about it. Anyway, today we are sharing The Princess in Black and The Perfect Princess Party by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 

Boys and Girls: Labeling

There has been a lot of talk about gender labeling lately. The big move by Target to get rid of their signs labeling toys as boys or girls seems to really have upset some people. I do not understand why. I grew up a girly girl who also loved to play with her construction trucks. My father was a construction worker so I always wanted to play construction and pretend to be at work with him. But I also had many dolls and loved to play with them. As I became an adult I noticed there was definitely a shift in our society as to what is for boys and what is for girls. My sister did not want to find out the gender of her baby, but they did have the tech write it down and seal in an envelope. My mother drove her crazy until she looked. Why? Well she wanted to knit either blue or pink things for her first grandchild and because it is really hard to find gender neutral clothes and baby items these days. Our cousin did not find out and it was hard to buy gifts for the baby shower. Everything seems to be made pink or blue with a very few things in the neutral range. When did it matter what color a baby wears? Well with a little research I discovered that it was after World War II that pink became a girl color and blue a boy color. In the early 1900s it was actually the opposite. (Source) As a society we have bought into what retailers want us to believe. They are the ones who decided it was necessary for there to be boy colors and girl colors. 

Virtual Book Club for Kids--Don and Audrey Wood Month

Today is the day the link party for the Virtual Book Club for Kids opens for July. Our July authors are Don and Audrey Wood. I am so excited to share with you today a wonderful book by Audrey Wood that still let's me have my Multicultural Monday theme. But first, let me explain about the Virtual Book Club for Kids. 

The Virtual Book Club for Kids is a group of bloggers who have joined together for the summer (and some are extending it beyond) to look at the same author each month and do some craft and/or activity with a book by this author. Last month our author was Mo Willems and you can check it out here. This month it is Don and Audrey Wood. The blogs participating are:
Toddler Approved
Please visit each one to see what Wood book they are doing and be inspired!!

Now onto my book. I chose The Princess and The Dragon by Audrey Wood. This has become a favorite book for Hazel. It is about a princess who does not act like a princess and a dragon who does not act like a dragon. They decide to switch places and that makes everyone happy. I love this book because there are so many stereotypes you can discuss. I made an activity for older children with this and one for Hazel.

Hazel's is rather simple. I bought some collage people at Lakeshore Learning Store and put magnetic tape on the back of it and added some felt hair to be the princess. I traced the arms and legs of another one and drew a dragon's head, tail and wings and cut it out of green cardstock and put magnetic tape on it. Then I cut clothes out of scrapbook paper and put magnetic tape on the back of them. Now Hazel gets to dress the dragon and the princess however she wants.
The first morning as the princess the dragon wears a blue gown!
The princess is always pictured in a raggedy green dress and hat with crazy hair.
Hazel asked for some pants and tops as well!

For older kids I made a gender identity game. The game is simple and is meant to get the kids talking about gender identity. Our society puts such rolls on male and female and it is amazing to see how we all internalize it without even thinking about it. So to play this game, you know you are going to have a new visitor and you only know one thing about this visitor (the fact on the card). Your job is to determine if you think the visitor is male or female.
 Having been the only female in a class before this is something that I take personally. I also have friends who are transgendered. I think the more we can talk about such things the more it will help our children to accept people for who they are and not have all the prejudices we do.

I hope you will let me know how the game goes. We have not really talked about boy and girl things with Hazel so I have not tried it. 

Now for our link party. Remember if you have a post about a Don and Audrey Wood (or just one of them like mine) book, please feel free to share it here! The party will be open for several weeks so you still have time to do something. I will share more each week with a different book.