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Explorations in Ethnic Studies
Children's literature should be of great importance to all of us, regardless of whether we are parents. The opinions and social views assimilated in childhood will often have long-lasting and far-reaching effects. Western novels as well as cowboy movies bear a great deal of the responsibility for the attitude of many Americans that Indians are, for the most part, treacherous savages and, at best, the sidekick to a masked white man. Tomás and the Talking Birds is at once both encouraging and disappointing. It is encouraging because it is responding to a great need in our society, but it is disappointing because of its poor execution.
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