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Racism is resilient, duplicitous, and endlessly adaptable, so it is no surprise that America is again in a period of civil rights activism. A significant reason racism endures is because it is structural: it's embedded in culture and in institutions. One of the places that racism hides-and thus perhaps the best place to oppose it-is books for young people. Was the Cat in the Hat Black? presents five serious critiques of the history and current state of children's literature tempestuous relationship with both implicit and explicit forms of racism. The book fearlessly examines topics both vivid-such as The Cat in the Hat's roots in blackface minstrelsy-and more opaque, like how the children's book industry can perpetuate structural racism via whitewashed covers even while making efforts to increase diversity. Rooted in research yet written with a lively, crackling touch, Nel delves into years of literary criticism and recent sociological data in order to show a better way forward. Though much of what is proposed here could be endlessly argued, the knowledge that what we learn in childhood imparts both subtle and explicit lessons about whose lives matter is not debatable. The text concludes with a short and stark proposal of actions everyone-reader, author, publisher, scholar, citizen- can take to fight the biases and prejudices that infect children's literature. While Was the Cat in the Hat Black? does not assume it has all the answers to such a deeply systemic problem, its audacity should stimulate discussion and activism.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Philip Nel
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2017
File: 296 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780190635077

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Racism is resilient, duplicitous, and endlessly adaptable, so it is no surprise that America is again in a period of civil rights activism. A significant reason racism endures is because it is structural: it's embedded in culture and in institutions. One of the places that racism hides-and thus perhaps the best place to oppose it-is books for young people. Was the Cat in the Hat Black? presents five serious critiques of the history and current state of children's literature tempestuous relationship with both implicit and explicit forms of racism. The book fearlessly examines topics both vivid-such as The Cat in the Hat's roots in blackface minstrelsy-and more opaque, like how the children's book industry can perpetuate structural racism via whitewashed covers even while making efforts to increase diversity. Rooted in research yet written with a lively, crackling touch, Nel delves into years of literary criticism and recent sociological data in order to show a better way forward. Though much of what is proposed here could be endlessly argued, the knowledge that what we learn in childhood imparts both subtle and explicit lessons about whose lives matter is not debatable. The text concludes with a short and stark proposal of actions everyone-reader, author, publisher, scholar, citizen- can take to fight the biases and prejudices that infect children's literature. While Was the Cat in the Hat Black? does not assume it has all the answers to such a deeply systemic problem, its audacity should stimulate discussion and activism.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Philip Nel
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2017-07-06
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780190635084

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Have a ball with Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat in this classic picture book...but don't forget to clean up your mess! A dreary day turns into a wild romp when this beloved story introduces readers to the Cat in the Hat and his troublemaking friends, Thing 1 and Thing 2. A favorite among kids, parents and teachers, this story uses simple words and basic ryhme to encourage and delight beginning readers. Then he said "That is that." And then he was gone With a tip of his hat. Originally created by Dr. Seuss himself, Beginner Books are fun, funny, and easy to read. These unjacketed hardcover early readers encourage children to read all on their own, using simple words and illustrations. Smaller than the classic large format Seuss picture books like The Lorax and Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, these portable packages are perfect for practicing readers ages 3-7, and lucky parents too! “Pretty much all the stuff you need to know is in Dr. Seuss.” –President Barack Obama

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Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Author: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: RH Childrens Books
Release: 2013-09-24
File: 72 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780385372015

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Author: Dr. ... Seuss (pseud. van Theodore Seuss Geisel.)
Publisher:
Release: 2017
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9048707579

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A colorful and humorous dictionary of alphabetically arranged words and pictures designed to help children learn to read

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release: 1964
File: 133 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780394810096

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The Cat in the Hat returns for more out-of-control fun in this wintry Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. It’s a snowy day and Dick and Sally are stuck shoveling . . . until the Cat in the Hat arrives to liven things up (to say the least!). Featuring the Cat’s helpers Little Cat A, Little Cat B, and so on, and ending with a gigantic Voom, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back is a riotous, fun-filled follow-up to Dr. Seuss’s classic The Cat in the Hat. Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning. This Read & Listen edition contains audio narration.

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Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Author: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release: 2013-09-24
File: 72 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780385383103

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The Cat in the Hat takes Sally and Dick for a ride through the human body where they visit the right and left sides of the brain, meet the Feletons from far off Fadin (when they stand in the sun you can see through their skin), scuba dive through the blood system, follow food and water through the digestive tract, and a whole lot more!

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Tish Rabe
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release: 2019-06-18
File: 48 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780593126646

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Learn about outer space with the help of everyone's favorite Cat in the Hat! The Cat in the Hat takes readers on an out of this world reading adventure in this nonfiction book all about our solar system. Learn about the planets, the constellations, and astronauts, and explore the wonders of space. Perfect for aspiring astraunauts, or any kid who loves learning and science. The universe is a mysterious place. We are only just learning what happens in space. The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library is a nonfiction, unjacketed hardcover series that introduces beginning readers ages 5-8 to important basic concepts. Featuring beloved characters from Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat, the Learning Library titles explore a range of topics about the world we live in and include an index, glossary, and suggestions for further reading. “Pretty much all the stuff you need to know is in Dr. Seuss.” –President Barack Obama

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Tish Rabe
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release: 2019-06-18
File: 48 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780593126448

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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! makes its Little Golden Books debut in this rollicking rhymed story introducing the cast of the new PBS Kids television show! There’s the Cat (of course), Sally and Nick, Things One and Two, the Fish, and the miraculously malleable Thinga-ma-jigger—the vehicle that transports the characters on their adventures on, under, and above the Earth! For $3.99, this is the perfect sturdy little hardcover book to introduce readers to the new show.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Tish Rabe
Publisher: RH Childrens Books
Release: 2012-07-24
File: 24 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780449818985

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Philip Nel takes a fascinating look into the key aspects of Seuss's career - his poetry, politics, art, marketing, and place in the popular imagination." "Nel argues convincingly that Dr. Seuss is one of the most influential poets in America. His nonsense verse, like that of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, has changed language itself, giving us new words like "nerd." And Seuss's famously loopy artistic style - what Nel terms an "energetic cartoon surrealism" - has been equally important, inspiring artists like filmmaker Tim Burton and illustrator Lane Smith. --from back cover

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Philip Nel
Publisher: A&C Black
Release: 2005-01-01
File: 301 Pages
ISBN-13: 0826417086

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