What are you playing?


What games do girls play? Tea parties and dollies. What about boys? Building sets and cars. But beware of clichés! The left-hand page shows children playing, starting with little girls having fun with skipping ropes and dollies or dancing, and then little boys with footballs and tool sets and flying planes. Each picture is accompanied by a sentence telling the reader the activity is for girls or boys. But when the flap is opened, surprise! A photograph of an adult of the opposite sex doing the same activity. [Partial source: Ricochet]


Marie-Sabine Roger and Anne Sol’s book, co-published with Amnesty International, aims to do away with sexist preconceptions about what games girls and boys play. Each cliché is undermined by the clever use of flaps revealing photographs that challenge expectations. The book offers a clever, thoughtful new approach to the categories we use and the names we use for things. The result effectively dismantles stereotypes in a book that achieves its aims. [Partial source: Ricochet]

Edited by: University Library "Livres au Trésor" and the Research Centre "Pléiade" of the University of Paris 13 (France)

Author(s): Roger, Marie-Sabine

Illustrator(s): Sol, Anne

Publisher: Alanna Books

City: Berkshire

Year: 2013

Pages: 24

ISBN: 9781907825026

Age Range: 3 - 5

Language: EN

Original Language: FR

Keywords: Empowerment, Feelings, Games and Hobbies

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