Children’s Literature

Children’s Literature
In her work, “The All-White World of Children’s Books,” Nancy noted that there is a high level of prejudice in writing against black children and amongst those in charge of publishing the books. The work opened the eyes of librarians and teachers on the dearth of kids literature targeted at and involving blacks and in the end, from different ethnic backgrounds.

At least the characters that were not stereotyped or unrealistic had an exclusive opportunity to forward their literature to kids classrooms. Decades later, the literature of children was quite diverse even though the debate as on the inclusion of various characters from different ethnic groups and cultures continues to generate arguments (Lee 114).

In our modern world, the controversy  seems to be more focused on individuals who create ethnic, tribal, cultural stories and characters that is further complicated by concepts of what really makes a piece of writing or work an ethnic literature. Do the world view ethnicity on the concept of skin color only? Alternatively, people should authenticate the piece of literatures point of view and not necessarily focusing whether the author is from? The literatures subject matter should additionally be given consideration.

It is also notable that a piece written by different individuals may not focus on the aboriginal topic to the local individuals. Even so, such an author can write on universal argument but there are still doubts as to whether the book can still be considered an American native witting.

The originality and quality of the Native American writings for literature of kids create a basis for this debate. The focal point of literature makes the debate even difficult because the books are designed for young readers. Different authors for that matter also have current literature written on the same topic but have displayed the same argument for the subject (Atleo 41).

Scot O’Dell’s book “The Island of Blue Dolphins” for the test case portrays culture in the way that “Julie of the Wolves’’ book by Jean Graighead George depicts. Literature critics in the same cases agree that nonnative author’s books are not controversial necessarily.  My Heart is on the Ground’’ by Ann Rinaldi in a scornful critique however offers an account of Indian authors, critics and librarians.

She notes that when Rinaldi was criticized, it was not as a result of her skin color. “Some non-Indians have written quality books about Native people, cultures, and histories, and so it won’t be argued here that only Native authors can write Native-themed stories” (Atleo 28). Therefore, critics find Scot O’Dell and Jean Graighead George pieces being solid culture ambassadors.

In their works, the two authors created a multicultural literature where they clearly pointed out that multicultural education through emphasis on respect and cultural equality can restore human rights and enhance self-esteem of students and teach respect for different cultures across the United States.

The books have essential skills for teaching multicultural personalities as well as the significance of having various cultures in class (George 159). The wring by O’Dell reveals the relationship between the Island populace and Aleuts as it became sour as days went by and soon became full blown disagreement. A young girl Karana is the main character in the book had a dad by the name Chief Chowig.

The dad faced off with the Aleut leader Captain Orlov leading to a big fight and disagreement that left forty island natives dead including Chief Chowig. With many women left on the island, they continue to embrace life as it comes. They also take up on the roles of men making matters even more edgy in the village.

An elder decides to go to a different place because of being not comfortable with the occurrences in the island and promises to come back or send help someday. This is based on the fact that the manner of doing things was taking a turn slowly. A ship full of white men one day came to the islands shore to take everyone away. While boarding the ship however, Ramo, Karana’s brother is left behind but Karana jumps off the ship to be with her brother (O’Dell 142).

The two remain lonesome in the Blue Dolphins Island. Ramo one morning decided to visit the canoes on his own. Before reaching there, he was attacked and killed by wild dogs. Karana remains alone in the island and out of anger; she decides to avenge the death of her brother by killing the leader of the dogs.

She goes ahead to attack the dog’s leader, almost killing him but because of her kindheartedness, she again nurses the dog back to life. She further decides to befriend many animals on the island as she waits for white men with a boat to come to her rescue. The friendship she creates makes her stop killing any kind of animal but to take good care of them. The book therefore portrays a culture of being determined by the kind of environment that an in 


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