Happy Ever Afters: A Storybook Guide to Teaching Children about Disability
Most people will be involved with or affected by disability, yet we rarely teach children how to manage when they encounter disability in themselves, their families or their communities. Too often their perceptions are formed by unhelpful ideas portrayed in the books they are encouraged to read, and helping children interpret these disability issues appropriately tends to be neglected. This is the first book to offer a simple framework by which children's fiction can be examined for outdated or erroneous portrayals of disability. Using readily available children's books, "Happy Ever Afters" provides an accessible and adaptable method for teaching all children about understanding and coping with disability, and is a guide to introducing young readers to a more realistic perception of relative abilities. "Happy Ever Afters": - explains how certain familiar storybooks can be interpreted to highlight major disability awareness concepts - suggests how these can be used to promote discussion about disability with children, from early years to adolescence - shows how to identify texts which create misleading ideas about disability - indicates how disability interests can be included in a number of curriculum areas Authors whose books are reviewed include Raymond Briggs, Kathryn Cave, Shirley Hughes, Rose Impey, David McKee, Margaret Mahy, Jill Murphy, Michael Murpurgo, Tomie De Paola, Terry Pratchet, Susan Sallis, Martin Waddell. "Happy Ever Afters" will be of interest to: - Nursery, elementary, and secondary school teachers - Writers, illustrators, and publishers of children's books and other resources - Parents and other purchasers of children's fiction - School and public librarians - Teachers in colleges of education - Social Services and voluntary workers involved with disability
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