Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts is an anthology of childhood rhymes viewed through the lens of subversive folklore. Folklore can be defined as stories, customs, and beliefs passed on to later generations through word of mouth. Sherman and Weisskopf have amassed a plethora of childhood rhymes as recalled by respondents of...
Decades ago, David Dinkins, running for mayor of New York, described his city not as the melting pot it had been called for years but rather as “a gorgeous mosaic.” And nowhere is the mosaic more apparent than in the borough of Queens, the most ethnically diverse area in...
Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls Edited by Melinda Tankard Reist Spinifex Press, 208 pp, April 2010   If you’ve wondered why it is so hard to find an age-appropriate Halloween costume for your young daughter, you’re not alone. A brief perusal of the internet’s selection of costumes for girls reveals sexy...
Lives in Limbo uses qualitative research techniques to follow the lives of 150 undocumented Latino (largely Mexican) youths in Los Angeles over a 12-year span. The research for the book has yielded a wealth of information that contradicts the often-held belief that undocumented youths experience a smooth transition to legal...
These two books consider the presumably typical U.S. parent, frantic, overly engaged, and anxious, from a cross-cultural perspective. The Happiest Kids in the World is a first-person account by two mothers married to Dutchmen. The authors are amazed to discover that the ways they were raised—in the U.K. and the...
Raising brilliant children means acknowledging and reimagining the aspects of the education system that don’t work. What’s less obvious is the need to change ourselves in order to be better educators, coaches, and parents. In Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy...
Voices of Teens is one of those books that make the reader want to laugh and cry simultaneously. Laugh because it is a case study in the power of one teacher to inspire a classroom of disadvantaged Philadelphia eighth-graders to become transformed by their writing, and cry because the...
"This discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories.” These words from Plato’s Phaedrus are directed against the alphabet, which Socrates feared would lead to a decline in oral rhetoric and memory. But the warning could just as easily refer to...
As American social scientists go, few are more influential than Robert Putnam, the Harvard professor and author of the 2001 mega best seller Bowling Alone. When Putnam recently turned his attention to U.S. income inequality and children (in Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis), mortals like me who...
Most grandparents, on hearing the news of an impending new family member, are thrilled and excited, perhaps entertaining daydreams of fishing trips, sleepovers, cookie baking, and college graduations.  But for some, those dreams are destined to undergo profound adjustment. In Revolutionary Grandparents: Generations Healing Autism with Love and Hope,...

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