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Poverty theme in Childrens Books Over the course of the semester weve read several books that addressed various social themes such as racism the holocaust status and poverty Of all the themes weve address the one that stuck with me the most was the theme of poverty The reason poverty has lingered in my mind is because of all the themes poverty makes the greatest impact on world as we know it Many other social issues stem from the lack of resources Of course the fact that poverty is a major problem in society is a not a secret However teaching children about this sensitive topic can be a little more than even the most experienced and competent parents are able to deal with in a way that a young mind can understand One way parents choose to introduce their children to this social problem is with the aid of childrens books Curious of exactly how a childrens book author presents this topic in a way a young mind could grasp it I have chosen to take a look at the childrens books The Rag Coat Bone Button Borscht and Maynaise Sandwiches and Sunshine Tea all which address poverty as a central theme The first book I want to discuss is titled Maynaise Sandwiches and Sunshine Tea This book starts off which a young African-American girl who the author affectionately named Little Miss Little Miss is chatting with her grandmother about her grandmothers old scrapbook The grandmother or Big mama as her granddaughter calls her flips through the scrap book in remembrance of her childhood She proceeds to tell her granddaughter about a particular picture with her and her best childhood friend Bettie Jean Billy Jean was very wealthy in relation to her peers and as a result of that she dressed nicer and lived in a better side of town that most kids in her school Big Mama who grew up very
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