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Being a Girl

When thinking about the word “girlhood,” certainly people have different viewpoints on what it means. In Keywords for Children’s Literature Jacqueline Reid-Walsh lists different factors that contribute to the meaning of the term, “girlhood.” Characteristics …

In the American Girl books, “Meet Kirsten” and “Kirsten Learns a Lesson”, girlhood is characterized by innocence, and politeness. Kirsten does what is asked of her, and though she might internally question it or disagree …

Who is an American?

A distinct part of American culture is growing up in an education system that preaches about this country and what makes it different, or special, compared to other places. Children are taught that America’s unique …

Education Blog Post

The keyword essay for the term “education” explores the historical methods of education which vary greatly from how we perceive education today. Gruner emphasizes that education in the past was based primarily on vocational and …

You Can Be Anything

Throughout literature, themes of domesticity are instilled in young female protagonists as they grow older. For the characters who wanted to break the mold, there weren’t many options. Many became teachers, for instance Jo Marsh, …

Dolls and Dresses

In Janet Shaw’s stories about Kirsten titled, “Kirsten Learns a Lesson” and “Meet Kirsten”, and in this image by Gwynevere Bonacci, the idea of “girlhood” is shown through material possessions and behavioral expectations in both …