A podcast about books from the Larissa Gerstel Critical Literacy Collection at American University in Washington DC.
I liked your podcast and I understood what you were saying especially since I came from a single parent household, too. I also think it's neat you included some ideas about what would have enhanced the story!-Danielle
I loved the way you used your personal experience to discuss the podcast. It reiterated that many children grow up without one parent in this day and age, either to divorce or otherwise. I think more children's books need to include this type of dynamic, because children often feel lost or alone if they only have one parent. When I was in high school, my parents went through a few nasty separations that made me feel like I was the only teen in the world going through that problem. Addressing this in an early age will help children move into their adolescence without feeling alone.
I enjoyed listening to your podcast as it was a very thorough analysis of gender roles and family structure. I thought it was great that you found such a personal connection with the book. Your personal experiences made your discussion very well rounded and individual. Overall I enjoyed your focus on gender stereotypes and I think it would be interesting to connect this book to current gender stereotypes portrayed in the media. - Maddie
I really enjoyed your podcast and how you tied it in with your personal experience! There seem to be very few children books that address single parenting. Books such as Just Like Mama are extremely important for children who have single parents, especially at a young age when they question or compare their family dynamic to that of their friends.
Coming from a single mother household and having a younger sister, I can relate to this book's message and the authors purpose. I really like how you used your personal experience with it as well. I feel many more authors are choosing to write books about alternative families because alternative families are becoming more and more normalized today.Liam
I really liked your podcast. What stood out to me was your analysis of the illustrations. It is very interesting how the author may have been portraying one message but the illustrator displayed something different. I also liked the connection you made to your own life and how this book might be of value to children that don’t grow up in a stereotypical family.
I really liked how you talked about the illustrations and how that related to the theme of the story because that is something that often goes unnoticed. Like everyone has said previously, I really enjoyed how you related the story to your own life. I think that it is definitely important for authors to start writing more books portraying different types of families in order to be inclusive of all people. Overall great job!
Great podcast Diana! I really liked how you added a personal connection to this podcast. I also enjoyed how you gave suggestions for varying up the characters a bit. Great job!