Purging libraries of books considered harmful to children isn’t anything new. It can be for violent content, sexual themes or even due to being written by a controversial author. One group in Barcelona is considering purging books for another big reason: sexism.
The Guardian reported that the Associació Espai i Lleure has reviewed close to 600 books in The Taber School in Barcelona as part of their Library and Gender project, which aims to highlight the hidden sexist content found in most children’s books.
The group found that around 200 of the books at the school’s library contained hidden sexist themes. As a result, the books is considering removing from the library. Some of the removed books include Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty.
The group said that the purpose of this review was not to target specific books, but to address the larger issue of sexism in children’s books. There have been studies conducted about gender bias in children’s books, in which males are more likely to be the protagonist of a children’s story and get more speaking roles than female characters. Espai i Lleure hopes to shine a light on the casual sexism in certain stories in order for children to learn these earlier in life in order to counter sexism when they are older.
If you are one of the few that think we don’t need another Cinderella adaptation, I hope this will convince you otherwise. Cuban-American singer, Camila Cabello, is preparing for her acting debut in Sony’s adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale.
The Fifth Harmony alumna made her big break with her hit ‘Havana’, the hit song off her album Camila, which released in 2018. As her first single ‘Havana’ stole the charts and became the most streamed song by a female artist. As part of the cast, she will also be assisting in the music creation.
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Over the past many years, Cinderella retellings and adaptations have been popular in both literature and film. In 2017 we saw the release of My Fairy God Mother is a Drag Queen by David Clawson, which put a very modern spin on the classic. Cinder, a more popular release, written by Marissa Meyer, takes a more fantastical approach to the story. I know, what could be more of a fantasy than a fairy god mother and mice that turn into horses? Well, Cinderella is a robot. Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella took the story back to its roots, minus Disney’s musical numbers, while Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella featured favorite artists Brandy and Whitney Houston.
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Of course, with a new adaptation comes the very important question: what will be different? This particular adaptation was thought up by late night show host, James Corden. You may know him from Carpool Karaoke, which Cabello appeared on in 2017. The story is said to be a modern take on the classic, but further plot details are being held tight.
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Working with Cabello and Corden on the project are Leo Pearlman and Kay Cannon. Pearlman has worked with Corden for years at Fulwell 73, but is more popular with his documentaries, such as The Class of ’92. Fans will know Cannon from her work on blockbusters like Pitch Perfect and Blockers. The line-up of comedic writers combined with Cabello’s tunes is sure to make it a box office hit. What we do know is that the project is on the fast-track to production, so we are hoping for more news soon.
Fairy tales, pop-up books, and legos. These three staples of childhood come together in Lego’s newest toy “Once Upon A Brick”.
You can close the toy like it’s a book. Good for carrying it around on any family adventures. | Image via The Lego Store
The 859-piece set lets kids build scenes from two classic tales: Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk. Five mini-figure characters are included in the set, including Little Red Riding Hood, Grandmother, the Wolf, the Giant, and Jack.
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This perfectly combines story time with the creative challenge that Lego toys bring.
Earlier this month Lego announced the release of “Once Upon A Brick” on Twitter.
A stunning 5-inch cover display unfolds into an 11-inch pop-up story book. For endless creative play that never runs out of battery. pic.twitter.com/yodboV2aEK
The Booksellerreports that the visionary director of The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro, and Cornelia Funke, the author of bestseller The Thief Lord and Inkheart, have written a book for adults based on 2006’s Pan’s Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno in Spanish).
The film is a dark fairy tale set during the horrific events of the Spanish civil war, following a young girl who discovers a world of magical creatures and a ten-foot faun who tells her she is a changeling, the daughter of the fairy king. She must prove herself to the faun by completing several strange tasks before she can be welcomed back to court. All the while, the girl’s stepfather, an authoritarian army captain, is attempting to eradicate the rebels based in the surrounding countryside.
Both del Toro and Funke are absolute masters of their craft, and both have written numerous astounding fantasy stories. Funke said that not only was the film one of her favorites but that “…fantasy is the sharpest tool to develop and unveil all the miracles and the terrors of our reality.”
Here is my favorite scene from Pan’s Labyrinth, just in case you don’t want to sleep tonight. I can’t wait to see it in print.