Carmen Kynard says “I see all of this now as a kind of black literacy skills-set, a black-girl skills-set even, a worthy one that I will always be honing.” “life and death matter” Stories of/for survival are crucial for black girlhood, especially ones, like Flossir and the Fox that not only showcase their intelligence and wit, but also keep their dignity intact. What then are the possibilities for a counter fantasy black girlhood that can allow a full spectrum outside the labor of engaging with white supremist patriarchal ideologies? What would it look like if black girls didn’t NEED books like this?
Gail Melson says: “Children must have played at hunting.”/”Hunting game lost its urgency and the whiff of a new relationship would present itself.” (p. 23) Is this what a children;s books with animals are doing? Curiosity? How much caution should we place on that curiosity? What is it about children and animals that facilitates this? In what ways do these animals tame child and adult? I’m trying to get at the ultimate work that these stories are doing/maintaining…how it;’s being used to furnish and secure adult goals/ideology? I think this is where subversion can some into play, much nore so with animals than children. What does “neoteny” allow us to explore/exploite?