Written by Grace Lin
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 12, 2011)
Minli is a young girl who is living in old house with her parents. Her family is very poor. It’s about the magical journey of Minli to find the Old Man living in the Moon to ask him what she can do to family’s fortune.
This book was very interesting. It has multicultural contents that is beautifully collaborated as a magical fairytale. This book reminds me of the story that my grandmother told me when I was young. Almost like the conveyed story that was told my the ancestors. This book is great for middle age children who has multicultural backgrounds. I think this book represents every characters very beautifully, with aspects of diversity.
Interview with Grace Lin: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/interviews/article/43773-q-a-with-grace-lin.html
Race representation in children’s literature: http://www.zettaelliott.com/race-representation-in-asian-american-kid-lit/
Written by Louise Simonson
Illustrated by Jimena Sanchez
Published by Stone Arch Books (February 1, 2015)
This graphic novel is very like Ninjarella. A little girl Snow White is born in Techworld. Snow White is working with electronics and technologies. This series of Far out Fairytales is definitely combat gender role stereotype that exist in Disney movies. This book teaches young readers to have open minded in gender stereotypes.
I think this book is great for young middle age readers who hates to read long chapter books. It definitely honors diversity in terms of gender stereotypes. It is awesome to see this kind of book, because we really need this kind of books for our children.
Disney gender Analysis: http://disneyanalysis.weebly.com/female-stereotypes.html
Gender stereotype in Literature: http://www.tolerance.org/blog/studying-gender-roles-literature-and-life
Written by Joey Comeau
Illustrated by Omar Lozano
Published by Stone Arch Books (February 1, 2015)
Nijnagel is a book that combats gender stereotype. I think this book is just not a cartoon, it actually means something. As we all know, Cinderella is a girl who has stepmother and two step sisters who treats her with no respect at all. Each night, Cinderella secretly trains herself to be a ninja. Cinderella is hoping to become a bodyguard for a prince.
I thought this book is brilliant and definitely honors diversity. Because people have stereotypes like after watching Disney princess movie, they will think that female characters needs protection by prince charming. But this book talks about how Cinderella can protect herself and the prince. It’s a graphic novel, so it would be easier for young readers to read. I think young readers definitely read this book.
Written by Mahlon F. Craft
Illustrated by K.Y. Craft, Kinuko Y. Craft
Published by SeaStar Books/ Chronicle Books; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (September 1, 2002)
This beautiful picture book has most detailed and wonderful illustration. It almost looks like the paintings from the Renaissance. Enchanting art with Fairytale story has accomplished beautiful collaboration. Sleeping beauty is well known story that even made to Disney movie. I think it’s brilliant to have whole new different style of illustration that is very unique and special.
This book doesn’t really talk about diversity in aspects of culture or race. But the unique and gorgeous illustration make this picture book very special and unique. Almost very serious art itself, but I think it’s great for children to encounter variety of illustration to arouse their imagination.
Kinuko Craft’s art: http://www.kycraft.com/prints_and_posters.html
Interview of Kinuko Craft: http://miroirmagazine.com/2016/09/16/exclusive-interview-with-artist-kinuko-y-craft/
Written by Frances Carpenter
Published by Tuttle Publishing; Reprint edition on April 11, 2017
This book has stories of traditional folklore of Korea. Stories in this book are like The Brother Grimm or Mother Goose in the western culture. Frances Carpenter collected and compiled the thirty-two classic stories of Korean children.
This multicultural literacy work for children contribute to diversity perspective regarding to cultural aspects. I was impressed that this book was compiled by the non-Korean author. This culture could be considered as minority culture, but I appreciate for people who are willing to learn about other culture. I am Korean who grew up hearing these stories from my grandmother, and was so happy to see these stories with English. I think this book definitely contribute to diversity in children’s literature. The author also complied lots of different Folklore books by other culture as well. This book honors diversity and treat them important.
Korean tale: Sun and the Moon- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQmYnPK6KlY
Books by Fraces Carpenter: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/89737.Frances_Carpenter
Written by Chloe Perkins
Illustrated by Misa Saburi
Published by Little Simon; Brdbk edition on September 13, 2016
Another series of Chole Perkins’ picture book. This book is about Snow White. Snow White is Folktale story that has been made with Disney movie as well. Cute Asian Snow White who is wearing kimono and living in Japanese style house. The details of illustration is amazing in this book. It has beautiful diversity inside. The author sure did great job with touching the aspects of diversity and racial representation.
Racial representation is always on the controversy. Children who doesn’t have basic information about racial representation can learn a lot from Chloe Perkins’ multicultural book. Seeing Snow White and Cinderella who has colored skin and traditional clothes from another country is very interesting and wonderful. Parents can teach their children the diversity in race and culture with this series, and I highly recommend this book.
Story of Snow White: http://princess.disney.com/snow-whites-story
Articles about the series of Once Upon a World: http://hereweeread.com/2016/09/upon-world-new-multicultural-fairy-tale-books-kids.html
Written by Chole Perkins
Illustrated by Archana Speenivasan
Published by Little Simon; Brdbk edition on March 21, 2017
Rapunzel is a new Disney Princess who is living in a castle. Rapunzel has beautiful long hair that has magical power. Rapunzel has long blonde hair with white skin. What would happen if Rapunzel is from India and wearing the traditional clothes of India? What would happen if Rapunzel has beautiful long black hair instead of blonde hair? The series of multicultural disney story is very new spectrum to add diversity in children’s literature. Every characters in this book has brown skin and dark hair, rather than blonde hair and blue eyes.
I personally was so drawn to this picture book when I saw this book. I was ashamed to have stereotype about Disney characters and their race. I think it’s a great idea to add diversity in race of Disney stories. The impressive thing was that this book has so much details in illustration. Character’s clothes and the details of the specific culture, I was so impressed. I can say this book definitely honors diversity, and I recommend to read this book to young children.
A history of diversity and Disney Princess: http://disneyexaminer.com/2016/01/18/a-history-of-diversity-and-disney-princesses-martin-luther-king-jr-day/
Books from the author: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14125367.Chloe_Perkins
Written by Chloe Perkins
Illustrated by Sandra Equihua
Published by Little Simon; (Brdbk edition) on September 13, 2016
Cinderella is well known Disney Princess who everyone knows worldwide. This cute picture book breaks the stereotype of Cinderella. Cinderella is a beautiful white female character in the movie, and most of the people recognize Cinderella as that way. In this book, Indian Cinderella who is wearing oriental customs. Interesting this is, Cinderella has brown skin.
Beautiful illustration and whole new concept of Fairytale. This kind of multi cultural Fairy tale gives whole new sense of the old story that everyone knows. I think this book is brilliant to break the stereotype that Disney Princess has to be white female character. This book is great for early reader, and great source to teach them diversity in terms of diversity of race.
Multicultural Fairytale: http://www.capstonepub.com/library/products/multicultural-fairy-tales/
Original Cinderella movie clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lCzBAQ2PLk (See the difference!)
Retold by Jane O’ Connor
Illustrated by R.W. Alley
Published by Random House New York
A teeny tiny woman lived in a teeny tiny house. This Fairytale story is about a teeny tiny woman who lived in a teeny tiny house.
A phrase “teeny tiny” appears in every page of this book. I think this book is good for readers who is learning new expression. It’s great for the readers who are just stepping into reading literature. This book does not contain mush contents, but it has charming illustration and easy storyline that children can follow up.
This book has been selected to “An international reading association children’s choice”. This book can be also great for readers who are just learning English language as their second language.
Another book that was written based on same story: http://www.kidsreads.com/reviews/the-teeny-tiny-woman-0
Written by Babette Cole
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group
Everyone knows Cinderella story. Cinderella lives with her stepmother and stepsisters who treat her cruelly. Fairy god mother gave cinderella a magical mercy, so she can go to ball. At the end, Cinderella meets prince charming and they lived happily ever after.
What would happen if Cinderella become man? Prince Cinders has three big hairy brothers who were always teasing him about his looks. Prince Cinders was very small and skinny. One day, Prince Cinders meets dirty fairy fell down the chimney. Little fairy asked Prince Cinders what he wants to be, and he said that he wanted to be big and strong like his brothers. Prince Cinders turned in to hairy monkey, but he didn’t realize. He went to the party and met Princess. That was the moment when spell broke, and it turned out that Prince Cinders has saved Princess from big hairy monkey! Like Cinderella’s glass shoes, Princess looks for Prince Cinders with trousers and finally found him. And they lived happily ever after.
This cute book changed the character’s gender, and it turned out to be so entertaining. Children who are fans of Disney would love this book, because they can relate the original story to this book. But this book could have some side effect by representation of masculinity. Because “BIG” hairy brothers are teasing Prince Cinders about his looks, children might have think they are superior or inferior by their outside looks.
Other than that, this book has entertaining illustration and storyline that can catch young reader’s attention.
Film Book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPCobrg78Yc
Author’s interview: http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Literature/People/C/ColeBabette/