The Other : Orientalism, Colonialism, And Children's Literature

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Perry Nodelman, the author of The Other: Orientalism, Colonialism, and Children’s Literature claims that “children’s literature [is an] imperialist activit[y]” (Nodelman 33). Nodelman makes several points about children’s literature and how it compares to imperialism. Many of his claims such as, “inherent danger” (31), “power” (31) and “inherently adult-centered” (30), can be seen in today’s children’s literature. Children’s literature is crafted for children based on what the authors, who are also adults, feel that children want to see or rather, need to see. The children’s literature that is produced today does differ from that of Nodelman’s time; however, children’s literature from any time period still holds the same purpose. The purpose of children’s literature is to help its audience grow. Pixar Inc. is not only known for their ability to provoke imagination and entertain children; they are also able to teach important lessons that the whole family can learn from. Since the release of their first film Toy Story in 1995, they have released 13 more. I will be looking at 3 of Pixar’s movies: Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Inside Out. As a parent and adult it is our job to ensure that children grow up to be the best version of themselves; it is our job to guide and mold them. Children’s literature blends entertainment with instruction in order to expose young, impressionable minds to the morals and life lessons in which parents want their children to have (M. O.

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