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Tales for little rebels : a collection of radical children's literature / edited by Julia L. Mickenberg and Philip Nel ; foreword by Jack Zipes
Alternate Title Collection of radical children's literature
New York : New York University Press, c2008
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 Juvenile/1st Flr  jPN.Tale84T2 2008    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Children and politics -- Literary collections
Children's literature, American
American literature -- 20th century
Children's literature, American -- Political aspects
Children's literature, American -- Social aspects
Politics and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Radicalism in literature
Physical Description xii, 295 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references
Contents Foreword: The twists and turns of radical children's literature / Jack Zipes -- Introduction / Julia Mickenberg, Philip Nel
R is for rebel. Excerpt from The Socialist primer : a book of first lessons for the little ones in words of one syllable (1908) / written by Nicholas Klein, illustrated by Ryan Walker -- Excerpt form The Socialist primer (1930) / Art Young -- Selections from "Pioneer Mother Goose" (1934) / written by Ned Donn, illustrated by Bill Gropper (William Gropper) -- "ABC for Martin" from Martin's annual (1935) / M. Boland -- Excerpts from The Black BC's (1970) / written by Lucille Clifton, illustrated by Don Miller
Subversive science and dramas of ecology. Excerpt from Nature talks on economics (1912) / Caroline Nelson -- Excerpts from Science and history for girls and boys (1932) / William Montgomery Brown -- "Races of mankind," from Climbing our family tree (1945) / Alex Novikoff, illustrated by John English -- Day they parachuted cats on Borneo : a drama of ecology (1971) / written by Charlotte Pomerantz, scenery by Jose Aruego -- Red ribbons for Emma (1981) / written by New Mexico People & Energy Collective: Deb Preusch, Tom Barry, Beth Wood
Work, workers, and money. "Sharecroppers" (1937) / written by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Fred Ellis -- Excerpt from Johnny get your money's worth (and Jane too) / written by Ruth Brindze, illustrated by Emery I. Gondor -- Story of your coat (1946) / written by Clara Hollos, illustrated by Herbert Kruckman -- Little tailor (1955) / William Gropper -- Girls can be anything (1973) / written by Norma Klein, illustrated by Roy Doty
Organize. "Happy valley," from The child's Socialist reader (1907) / illustrated by Walter Crane -- "Battle in the barnyard," from Battle in the barnyard : stories and pictures for Worker's children (1932) / written by Helen Kay, illustrated by Juanita Preval -- "Pickets and slippery sticks," from New pioneer story book (1935) / written by Myra Page, illustrated by Lydia Gibson -- "Beavers" (1936) / written by Oscar Saul, Lou Lantz, illustrated by Jack Herman -- "Mary stays after school or, What this union is about" (1939) / Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America -- Mr. His : a children's story for anybody (1939) / A. Redfield (Syd Hoff) -- Oscar the ostrich (1940) / written by Jerome Schwartz (Jerome Lawrence), illustrated by Mark David -- "Doria Ramirez," from Small hands, big hands : seven profiles of Chicano migrant workers and their families (1970) / Sandra Weiner
Imagine. "Why?" from Fairy tales for worker's children (1925) / written by Herminia Zur Mühlen, translated by Ida Dailes, illustrated by Lydia Gibson -- Excerpt from Funnybone alley (1927) / written by Alfred Kreymborg, illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff -- Teacup whale (1934) / Lydia Gibson -- Geyt a hindele ken Bronzvil (A little hen goes to Brownsville) (1937) / written by Yehoshua Kaminski, illustrated by Not Koslowsky, translated by Jerold C. Frakes -- The practical princess (1969) / written by Jay Williams, translated by Friso Henstra
History and heroes. "American history retold in pictures" (1931) / written by Jack Hardy, illustrated by William Siegel -- Excerpt from North star shining : a pictorial history of the American Negro (1947) / written by Hildegarde Hoyt Swift, illustrated by Lynd Ward -- "Stories for children," from Freedom (1950-1955) / written by Linda Lewis, Elsie Robins ... [et al.] -- "Lucretia Mott," from Independent Voices (1968) / written by Eve Merriam -- "High John the conqueror," from Black folktales (1969) / written by Julius Lester, illustrated by Tom Feelings
Person's a person. Little boy in a big city," from The first book of Negroes (1952) / written by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Ursula Koering -- "Sneetches" (1953) / Dr. Seuss -- "Who stole the tarts?" from The Pogo stepmother goose (1954) / written by Lewis Carroll, adapted and illustrated by Walt Kelly -- X : a fabulous child's story (1978) / written by Lois Gould, illustrated by Jacqueline Chwast -- "Princess who stood on her own two feet," from Stories for free children (1982) / written by Jeanne Desy, illustrated by Leslie Udry -- Excerpts from Elizabeth : a Puerto Rican-American child tells her story (1974) / Joe Molnar
Peace. "Buster Brown plays David and Goliath," from Buster Brown goes shooting and other stories (1907) / R.F. Outcault -- "How two sweetheart dippies sat in the moonlight on a lumber yard fence and heard about the Sooners and the Boomers," from Rootabaga pigeons (1923) / written by Carl Sandburg, illustrated by Maud Petersham, Miska Petersham -- In Henry's backyard : the races of mankind (1948) / written by Ruth Benedict, Gene Weltfish, illustrated by United Productions of America -- Three promises to you (1957) / Munro Leaf -- Excerpt from Come with me : poems, guessing poems, and dance poems for young people (1963) / written by Edith Segal, illustrated by Samuel Kamen
Summary From the Publisher: In 1912, a revolutionary chick cries, "Strike down the wall!" and liberates itself from the "egg state." In 1940, ostriches pull their heads out of the sand and unite to fight fascism. In 1972, Baby X grows up without a gender and is happy about it. Rather than teaching children to obey authority, to conform, or to seek redemption through prayer, twentieth-century leftists encouraged children to question the authority of those in power. Tales for Little Rebels collects forty-three mostly out-of-print stories, poems, comic strips, primers, and other texts for children that embody this radical tradition. These pieces reflect the concerns of twentieth-century leftist movements, like peace, civil rights, gender equality, environmental responsibility, and the dignity of labor. They also address the means of achieving these ideals, including taking collective action, developing critical thinking skills, and harnessing the liberating power of the imagination. Some of the authors and illustrators are familiar, including Lucille Clifton, Syd Hoff, Langston Hughes, Walt Kelly, Norma Klein, Munro Leaf, Julius Lester, Eve Merriam, Charlotte Pomerantz, Carl Sandburg, and Dr. Seuss. Others are relatively unknown today, but their work deserves to be remembered. (Each of the pieces includes an introduction and a biographical sketch of the author.) From the anti-advertising message of Johnny Get Your Money's Worth (and Jane Too)! (1938) to the entertaining lessons in ecology provided by The Day They Parachuted Cats on Borneo (1971), and Sandburg's mockery of war in Rootabaga Pigeons (1923), these pieces will thrill readers intrigued by politics and history-and anyone with a love of children's literature, no matter what age
Alternate Author Mickenberg, Julia L
Nel, Philip, 1969-

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