This week at ABC Wednesday, W is the letter of focus.
W is for Window.
We all look through windows of our homes expecting to see our neighbourhood, our yard or maybe even someone walking by – something familiar. Windows though can provide an unfamiliar view when we are travelling.
Books as well can be windows on the world around us, offering us views we are familiar with, or more and more, views which we are unfamiliar with.
Dr. Rudine Sims-Bishop stresses the lack of diversity in children’s books:
“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created and recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books. (1990, p. ix)”
Too often, children fail to see themselves in books. As Felicity LuHill says:
“When it’s good, reading can be both a window and a mirror. In this way, diverse children’s books are windows and mirrors. They allow us to see new things about others and ourselves. The trouble occurs when texts for early readers provide only one view, and it’s a mirror for only a select few.”
Chad Everett makes this point:
“Viewing literature through a lens of windows and mirrors helps us understand that, in addition to texts being stories to be enjoyed, they are powerful tools of social justice.”
We all need diverse books. In this fractured world where it is often “them vs us”, where racism and hate are growing, now more than ever we need windows that show our diverse world and mirrors that reflect our uniqueness.
Throw open the window. Look at the world in wonder and acceptance. We need diversity, we need tolerance.
Check out the following, which look at the need for diversity in books, especially for children:
Ted Talk by Grace Lin
…Hi Everybody… and Goodmorning / -afternoon / – night
The last 5 letters of Round 23 are on… time flies… in 5 weeks Round 24 will start, on the first Sunday in the New Year to be exact.
If you would become part of the team… if you would like to design the new logo… just let us know… We are looking forward to the new round ofcourse and to all your entries. Hope you will stay part of this wonderful meme.
First the Vulture… which we call “Gier” overhere in The Netherlands.
They are not present in the animalcollection of my hometown zoo but other zoo’s in The Netherlands do have them. This specific one lives in Dierenpark Amersfoort, about 1 & half hour drive from where I live. This photo was taken on july 21rst, the other photo’s of that day can/may be watched HERE
My second choice for the animal who’s name starts with a V is the Vampire Bat.
Just a week ago, sunday the 25th, I went to a German Zoo with 2 couples friends, to celebrate my birthday. There we saw those Bats… almost all of my pictures were wrong but one was quit acceptable… so that one I will share with you here: The other foto’s of that day can/may be watched HERE
Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-wednes-day / – week!
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫
I was somehow inspired to note all the countries that start with U that have been in the United Nations. The ones in italics are no longer alphabetically qualified, but the ones in bold are.
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic – On 24 August 1991, it changed its name to Ukraine.
Union of South Africa – In 1961, it changed its name to South Africa.
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics – In a letter dated 24 December 1991, Boris Yeltsin, the President of the Russian Federation, informed the Secretary-General that the membership of the Soviet Union in the Security Council and all other United Nations organs was being continued by the Russian Federation with the support of the 11 member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Egypt and Syria were original Members of the United Nations from 24 October 1945. Following a plebiscite on 21 February 1958, the United Arab Republic was established by a union of Egypt and Syria and continued as a single Member.
On 13 October 1961, Syria, having resumed its status as an independent State, resumed its separate membership in the United Nations.
On 2 September 1971, the United Arab Republic changed its name to the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Upper Volta – In 1984, Upper Volta informed the United Nations that it had changed its name to Burkina Faso.
Tanganyika was a Member of the United Nations from 14 December 1961 and Zanzibar was a Member from 16 December 1963. Following the ratification on 26 April 1964 of Articles of Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar, the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar continued as a single Member, changing its name to the United Republic of Tanzania on 1 November 1964.
United Arab Emirates
I find this exercise interesting because it notes the changing nature of the world, such as the decolonization of Africa, and the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Whether or not your country starts with U, or whether it’s ever changed its name, ABC Wednesday’s mission has NOT changed. We welcome the participation of people from around the globe.