Whose Blog Is This?
Log onto Squarespace
« Mongolian Spot | Main | cyber-Ask a Midwife (my new venture) »

Let's Read This Kids' Book Together


















References (2)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    - Navelgazing Midwife Blog - Let's Read This Kids' Book Together
  • Response
    - Navelgazing Midwife Blog - Let's Read This Kids' Book Together

Reader Comments (13)

Wow! That's... um... interesting. Wow!

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShavahn

I don't even know what to say about this book! Wow! Talk about gender stereotypes. When was it written??

That will certainly be one that I will NOT read with my children...

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Jill: It was written in 1970. Scary, eh?

I found this book at a garage sale and made the woman give it to me; I wouldn't even pay for it. I've hung onto it all these years, never reading it to the kids, but sharing it with my feminist friends. FInally, I was able to scan it and share it here!

December 23, 2009 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Jesus. That is scary scary.

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica

1970????????? Wow! I was trying to read the copyright date and was wondering if it said 1930. But 1970??? Wow!

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Yikes, that is just... wow. I have two girls and this is one bedtime story I definitely will NOT be reading to them! I showed it to my husband and he thought it was hilarious. We went through guessing what the girl thing would be and after "boys fix things" he said "girls break things?" I kind of thought that after "boys are heroes" they would've said "girls are damsels in distress " and had a little girl tied to a railroad track or something. It looks like it was probably dedicated to a brother and a sister. Glad I didn't grow up in that family!

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

It might interest you to read up on the author, Whitney Darrow - he was actually a satirist.

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

That is GREAT to know! It makes more sense now, but is kind of a bummer in the shock value arena. ;)

Thanks so much for sharing this info. I appreciate it.

December 24, 2009 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

SOME of it was cute- like "Boys are fathers; girls are mothers" and "Boys are grooms; girls are brides". But there was definitely some stereotyping on the career pages for certain!

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

At least the boy is pushing the stroller? That rarely happened here, LOL.

December 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracyKM

So ... girls don't eat?

I saw that a while back on http://contexts.org/socimages/. It really is priceless, isn't it?

December 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

I thought the book was adorable! Made me smile the whole way through.

January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

I loved the ending--"We need each other." Could we start there and write a new version, going backwards?

June 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.