What Will I Be?: A Wish Book (A Little Golden Book)

What Will I Be?: A Wish Book by Kathleen Krull Cowles,
illustrated by Eulala Conner. Golden Press / Western Publishing Company, 1979.
 



Here is a fine example of diversity in children's books, circa 1979. This darling Little Golden Book is simple: a bunch of kids daydream about what they might be or do when they grow up. Some of those things are actual jobs, some are fantasy, some veer into other directions.  But look at the illustrations! We have children of different colors, a child in a wheelchair, girls daydreaming about being firefighters and train engineers, boys wanting to be dancers or chefs.  Enjoy!















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  1. Lovely! I was just reading this morning that Ladybird are no longer doing "Stories for Boys" and "Stories for Girls" with pink and blue covers, but instead "Stories for Children" (or something like that). Cannot believe its taken till 2014 for this to happen but still, good news.

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    1. Yay, that's great news! It seems like things are worse nowadays, actually. Have you seen the 1970s Lego instructions going around the internet? http://boingboing.net/2014/11/22/legos-egalitarian-instructio.html

      Now, of course, they have pink and purple Lego Friends and Disney princess sets.

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    2. No, I must take a look at that. I really wanted to get my youngest the birthday cake lego set last year (I mean, both boys and girls eat cake!) but couldn't, even at age three it was too marketed at girls for him - I knew he would be put off. And... Apart from the pinkness etc, they're saying girls want friends and baking and boys want to build..buildings etc. Oh dear, its all quite a downer.

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    3. It's sad. I have a little girl to buy Legos for this weekend. She either wants superheroes or Lego Movie Legos. I was just thinking I wish there were more variety of color in mini figures, too. Diverse Legos for ALL children!

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  2. I love this book! How right you are about Lego sets...

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    1. I'm tired of everything being super-labeled and compartmentalized. Kids just need to be allowed to dream and make up their own minds...

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