Ethnic Literary Traditions in American Children’s Literature This page intentionally left blank Ethnic Literary Traditions in American Children’s Literature Edited by Michelle Pagni Stewart and Yvonne Atkinson palgrave macmillan ethnic literary traditions in american children’s literature Copyright © Michelle Pagni Stewart and Yvonne Atkinson, 2009. Softcover reprint of the hardcover 1st edition 2009 978-0-230-61875-6 All rights reserved. Elizabeth Gargano’s essay was ﬁ rst published in Children’s Literature Quarterly 31, no. 1 (2006): 27–39. The chapter appears here with permission of Johns Hopkins University Press. First published in 2009 by PALGRAVE MACMILLAN® in the United States – a division of St. Martin’s Press LLC, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010. Where this book is distributed in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, this is by Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited, registered in England, company number 785998, of Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 6XS. Palgrave Macmillan is the global academic imprint of the above companies and has companies and representatives throughout the world. Palgrave® and Macmillan® are registered trademarks in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and other countries. ISBN 978-1-349-38142-5 ISBN 978-0-230-10152-4 (eBook) DOI 10.1057/9780230101524 Library of Congress Cataloging-i n-P ublication Data is available from the Library of Congress. A catalogue record of the book is available from the British Library. Design by Macmillan Publishing Solutions First edition: December 2009 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 For Wayne, Ryan, and Nathan For Donald, Eric, Daniel, and Aaron This page intentionally left blank Contents Acknowledgments ix 1 D o Dick and Jane Still Live Here? Reading Children’s Literature as Ethnic Literature 1 Yvonne Atkinson and Michelle Pagni Stewart Section I American Indian Literature 9 2 L istening to the Loon: On Finding the Ideas for My Books 11 Joseph Bruchac 3 S urvival through Stories: An Introduction to Indian Literatures 17 P. Jane Hafen 4 O ral Narrative and Ojibwa Story Cycles in Louise Erdrich’s Birchbark House and Game of Silence 29 Elizabeth Gargano 5 Alive and Well and Reclaiming Their Cultural Voice: Third Generation Native American Children’s Literature 45 Michelle Pagni Stewart Section II African American Literature 63 6 The Cadence of Language: An Interview with Julius Lester 65 Yvonne Atkinson 7 “ Way Down in the Jungle Deep, the Lion Stepped on the Monkey’s Feet”: An Introduction to African American Literature 71 Yvonne Atkinson 8 T rauma and National Identity in H aitian-A merican Young Adult Literature 83 Katharine Capshaw Smith viii ● Contents 9 For All My Children, or Approaching African American Children’s Picture Books 99 Neal A. Lester Section III Asian American Literature 115 10 On Finding a Home 117 Cynthia Kadohata 11 F oreigners Within: An Introduction to Asian American Literature 123 Traise Yamamoto 12 A cts of “Desicreation”: Urban Space and South Asian American Identity in Tanuja Desai Hidier’s Born Confused 135 Melinda L. de Jesús 13 Examining History: Representing War in Asian American Autobiographies for Children 147 Rocío G. Davis Section IV Latina/o Literature 163 14 W riting on Violence and Healing for Young Audiences: An Interview with Rigoberto González 165 Tiffany Ana López 15 A rt, Activism and Community: An Introduction to Latina/o Literature 171 Tanya González 16 Conﬂ icting Inclinations: Luis J. Rodríguez’s Picture Books for Children 191 Phillip Serrato 17 R eading Trauma and Violence in U.S. Latina/o Children’s Literature 205 Tiffany Ana López Sources for Further Study 227 Notes on Contributors 241 Index 245 Acknowledgments We would like to thank all of the contributors to this collection for their work, their patience with the process, and their dedication to the project. We received much encouragement from colleagues in children’s literature who saw a need for a project such as this one, and we appreciate their sup- port: Anne Phillips, Christine Doyle, Naomi Wood, and especially Katharine Capshaw Smith. Many thanks to Michelle Martin for her editorial feedback. We also want to thank Rebecca Coleman and David Smith for assistance with the bibliography and indexing. We appreciate the patience from our families who more than once heard, “Not now—I’m working on the book!” We wish to thank Michelle’s brother, Michael, for a crash course in contract law, Yvonne’s husband, “The Donald,” for the photography and layout of the cover art, and Larry Barkley for being our sounding board and voice of reason. We are also grateful for our colleagues at Mt. San Jacinto College, espe- cially our ofﬁ ce mates in the English Department. For Yvonne: from the airport in Ontario to New Orleans to NYC to “Yvonne’s room” down the hall, the journey of our friendship has been one adventure after another. Thank you for coming into our lives and adopting “the boys”—all three of them! For Michelle: thank you for keeping this project alive, holding down the fort, and listening to me gripe about indexing.