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  #21  
June 12th, 2010, 03:09 PM
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While I am not going to get my panties in a bunch if my kid reads princess stories, I do think that these stories are only reinforcement of a "woman's role."

For that reason, I am actually FAR more in favor of my son reading them than I would be with a daughter. In fact, it has already come up. I suppose to my son, it's not the traditional role or his gender in question, but it would be his gender preference if he were into princesses? And I'd rather have an effeminate and/or gay son than a "save me I'm a princess" daughter.

But yes - with these and fiction in general, is it more important to instill a good understanding of what fiction IS rather than worry about the subject matter or quality of story in most cases.

HOLY something. This is a REALLY common belief among women and it causes a lot of drama and grief. I wish it would go away.. heh.

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Beauty and the Beast does have Belle save the man but I don't know if it promotes a good way. Kind of like if a guy is a real jerk you can change him with persistence? lol We know this isn't true.
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June 12th, 2010, 04:21 PM
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Why is that "wierd"? The most popular princess stuff out there is Disney Princess. I honestly can't think of one princess of the top of my head that isn't Disney-fied. Besides, I never said that "all Disney movies are about princessess", I said that most Disney movies that are turned into books suck. We have several "Cars" books, and while my kid likes them, the stories are terrible. We also have an Aladin book that sucks, too.
Yupl! We have some Cars books and also have Scooby Doo and Sponge Bob. I like the cartoons but hate reading the books.
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June 12th, 2010, 05:45 PM
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Ya the books that are movies are not well written, just a concise version of the movie. DS has me read cars a lot though lol Every night he gets two books or he will not go to sleep.
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June 13th, 2010, 04:44 AM
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Those books may be crap, but it is still time with your kid that you are reading to them. You can turn it into more quality time by talking to them about the pictures and what they think will happen next. Early on, just getting them to realize that words=stories and that you read left to right is a big thing.
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June 13th, 2010, 05:59 AM
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My kids are a little older than most here but I just wanted to say that when my 3rd child was around 5 or 6, he discovered Stellaluna and Verdi.

Sandy, I agree...even reading the books I don't like is quality time for the kids. I just grin and bear it and try to redirect to something else. Another one that I liked at first but came to dislike was Pat the Bunny because dd wanted me to read it to her at least 10 times in a row every night before bed.
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June 13th, 2010, 07:23 AM
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While I am not going to get my panties in a bunch if my kid reads princess stories, I do think that these stories are only reinforcement of a "woman's role."

For that reason, I am actually FAR more in favor of my son reading them than I would be with a daughter. In fact, it has already come up. I suppose to my son, it's not the traditional role or his gender in question, but it would be his gender preference if he were into princesses? And I'd rather have an effeminate and/or gay son than a "save me I'm a princess" daughter.

But yes - with these and fiction in general, is it more important to instill a good understanding of what fiction IS rather than worry about the subject matter or quality of story in most cases.

HOLY something. This is a REALLY common belief among women and it causes a lot of drama and grief. I wish it would go away.. heh.
I would think that your son reading them would just reinforce the female gender rolls to him? Rather than think he needs to be saved, he would learn that girls are helpless and need to be saved, or whatever theme you're trying to keep away from your daughter.

I don't really see princess books in this way, just wanted to point out that it may not have the effect on your son that you'd prefer.


In other news, I am currently having a VERY difficult time teaching my child that we read from left to right. N-E-P-O does not spell "open."
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June 13th, 2010, 07:32 AM
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Why is that "wierd"? The most popular princess stuff out there is Disney Princess. I honestly can't think of one princess of the top of my head that isn't Disney-fied. Besides, I never said that "all Disney movies are about princessess", I said that most Disney movies that are turned into books suck. We have several "Cars" books, and while my kid likes them, the stories are terrible. We also have an Aladin book that sucks, too.
I guess, coming from the point of view where my 7yr old's favourite princess is Biancabella, and my oldest grew up in absolute adoration for her namesake, also a princess, im not used to the whole Disney Princess = main princess argument, because none of my kids ever really took to them much, we had a few Belle phases, and one Ariel phase, but thats about it.

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Those books may be crap, but it is still time with your kid that you are reading to them. You can turn it into more quality time by talking to them about the pictures and what they think will happen next. Early on, just getting them to realize that words=stories and that you read left to right is a big thing.
This.

I can recite Theres A Hippopotamus On Our Roof Eating Cake word for word. We also have a costume of said hippopotamus in my linen cupboard that has been worn by every child who has been in grade 1 to the book fair costume parade the school has, and Piper is waiting for the day when she can wear it. I cannot begin to tell you how sick I am of that **** hippopotamus and his slice of cake.
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June 13th, 2010, 08:31 AM
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If you want an alternate book about hippos:

Ten Little-Known Facts about Hippopotamuses, Douglas Little, Book - Barnes & Noble

^^ MOST AMAZING BOOK EVER.
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June 14th, 2010, 02:17 AM
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Oh no, I think its the fact that its on a roof eating cake that wins them over...

*smacks head on book*
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