I was looking for some BOOKS for my kids to read, in a hopeful attempt at raising the level of literature from Captain Underpants and the Case of the Bouncing Bionic Booger Boy, (or something like that) and am astonished once again, even though I've noticed this and thought this before, at:
1)The number of fantasy novels with pagan godess worshipping majyck heroine themes.
2)The fact that most all of the "series" of historical fiction books are about girls and their experience. American Girl, Dear America, Royal Diaries, etc. etc.
3) That there seems to be NOTHING comparable for boys. At least not on the scale and scope.
4) The stuff geared towards boys are dumbed down sports stories readers.
It's insulting. I'll say it again: It's insulting. I am not just the mother of daughters, I am also the mother of a SON, and at this point in my life I feel like there is hardly any societal support for the raising of him.
Now, from the perspective of enriching the lives of my daughters, these books (with the exception of the first-mentioned type of book) are GREAT. I don't, however, want to give them an inaccurate picture of history in so doing. Buut perhaps it's' just adding balance. Or perhaps not. I look at my own self, and if I'd been a girl or woman in those days and times I'd very much be interested in what I'm interested in now: Hearth and Home.
But from the perspective of being a mother of a SON, I am frustrated. He's a white male, and his kind seems to be the new outcast. There is nothing that is specifically designed to appeal to him except for junk literature: Captain Underpants, Marvel Comics, and junk series like Bailey School Kids and Scooby Doo. I don't much cotton to the notion that as long as kids are reading SOMETHING, it's OK. That's gov'ment grant money dependant public school talk.
He came away with a bigger and better Narnia book, all in one with nice illustrations. We are currently working through Horse and His Boy as our Family Read-Aloud. I encouraged my oldest to read "My Side of the Mountain" in hopes that eventually my son would love that book, too. She has alot of positive influence on him.
Meanwhile, I guess I just keep on trying.