Below is an annotated list of children's literature for the elementary classroom. The books are organized by the Six Elements of Social Justice Curriculum Design (Picower, 2007). It is based on work by pre-service teachers at Montclair State University. They have read and reviewed these books and provided insights into how they can be used in K-5 settings.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

THe Berenstain Bears: No Girls Allowed

The Berenstain Bears No Girls Allowed
By: Stan and Jan Berenstain
No Girls Allowed is a great book that really shows children how to respect one another. It is a great book for children in grades K to 3. Sister bear and Brother bear used to always play together with Brother's friends. At first Sister bear was always slowing the boys down but as she got older she became faster, could climb higher, and could play ball better. This really upset Brother because she was not respecting him since everytime she won something she would scream and dance around. One day the boys were tired of having to play with Sister bear so they made a club that was for them only, and they had a huge sign in the front that said No Girls Allowed. This really hurt Sister bear so she decided to build her own club house that would say No Boys Allowed. With the help of Mama bear and Father bear she was able to build her club house and also got members to belong to the club. When it was finally done they had food to celebrate the opening of their club house. However, the smell travelled all the way to Brother bear's club house and all of the boys followed the smell and come to the girls club house. After speaking to Brother bear the girls decided to allow the boys up to eat and then after all the girls went to the boys club house to have dessert.
This book really fits in to element number 2 about respecting others. At the beginning of the book Sister bear does not respect the boys because she is a sore winner and makes the boys feel bad about losing. Because sister bear does not respect the boys, the boys in turn disrespect Sister bear by building a club house that she is not allowed to go into. This book shows children that you have to respect one another so that everyone gets along and so that everyone is included. Even though the boys did not respect the girls by the girls allowing the boys to come to their club house and respecting the boys, the boys realized that it is okay to allow the girls in their club house and since the girls respected them then they can respect the girls.

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