Mi piace Spiderman… e allora?
(I like Spiderman… so what?) Book not yet available in English
Cloe is six years old and she has a great passion: Spiderman! But when she starts going to school, all her mates exclaim: But that’s only for boys! However, Cloe is not convinced at all, and she keeps being true to her passion, encouraged by her parents.
“The book deals with several themes linked to stereotypes, to the gradual awareness of one’s gender identity, but also to the comparison between children and an increasingly multicultural reality: the problem of sexist toys, children’s perception of homosexual couples, the distance between the social and cultural diversity that the girl encounters and the glossy world portrayed in children’s books. Cloe recounts in first person the reality that surrounds her, encouraged by her parents who help her with simplicity and clarity to dismantle those mechanisms of rigid opposition between boys and girls that hurt Cloe and her desire for freedom, autonomy, and knowledge. The result is a fiction which suggests many ideas of identification to girls and boys and of reflection to adults” (From the presentation of the publishing house). One only flaw: despite its good intentions and its simple but pleasant narration, this interesting book sometimes tends to be quite didactic, conducting a perhaps too systematic review of the areas in which stereotypes and prejudices occur, to the detriment of literary quality. However, it is appreciated by girls and boys alike, and it can be included in the openly “committed” children’s literature that has always existed and that today has the important task of dealing with such important issues. Settenove was created in 2013 and it is the first editorial project in Italy entirely dedicated to preventing discrimination and gender-based violence. It deals with these themes from different points of view and through all literary genres, with a focus on Italian and international fiction for children and young adults, which contributes to the development of a dimension free from stereotypes.
Edited by: Centro MeTRa (Italy)
Illustrator(s): Di Lauro, Massimiliano
Age Range: 6 - 10
Original Language: IT
Keywords: Empowerment, Families, Identity, Relationships, Self-acceptance
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