Saturday, 18 October 2014

What Are You Playing At? by Marie-Sabine Roger and Anne Sol (Children's, Non-Fiction, Flap book, 10/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

September 2013, Alanna Books, Hardback, Review copy

Summary from Alanna Books
Play for children is a rehearsal and exploration of real life – so limiting their play limits what they can imagine is possible.  Children understand this and these photos will encourage interesting discussions about what boys and girls, men and women can do and be.

Nayu's thoughts
This is a funny and true depiction of turning gender stereotypes around. Each page says what girls or boys shouldn't be doing, then the reader lifts the flap and sees the opposite turn out to be true. In some ways it's amazing the roles both genders taken on considering how they can sometimes be unaware of the options open to them, because of what they taught as they grow up. I feel I'm open minded about gender stereotypes, as in I don't like them, yet I was surprised by some of what the flaps revealed.

Suggested read 
I can't think of a book like this one! Another informative read which I highly recommend is how one boy lives with Cystic Fibrosis: Sticky Icky Booger Bugs by Sherry Frith and Carol Newell Walter (Children's, Non-Fiction, Picture book, 10E/10E)

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