Cultural Perspectives on Familial Belonging
Changing Family Models: A Study of Highly Recommended Children’s Picture Books from the United States, Canada, and Brazil
This study presents the results of a research project on highly recommended picture books recently published in the United States, Canada, and Brazil. The focus lies on the representation of changing families. It analyzes how family members are represented in these books with special attention given to changes involving the father figure. Taking recent changes in the nuclear family into account, as well as the growing recognition of alternative families (Alston 8), this research project aims to investigate whether these changes have been incorporated into children’s picture books, as it is assumed they would be reflected in literature. Picture books are defined here as “a combination of verbal texts and visual images” (Nodelman, “Illustration” 114) and are understood as in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens, that is, books targeting one- to eleven-year-olds.
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