Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-179) and index.
Play as a literacy
Playing school and learning to read
"Just playin' around" and "just makin' stuff" to make a space for just guys
Boys and girls playing Disney princesses and (re)writing gender
Play as a tactic.
Karen Wohlwend provides a new framework for rethinking the boundaries between literacy and play, so that play itself is viewed as a literacy practice along with reading, writing, and design. Through a variety of theoretical lenses, the author presents a portrait of literacy play that connects three play groups: the girls and, importantly, boys, who played with Disney Princess media; ''Just Guys'' who used design and sports media to make a boys-only space; and a group of children who played teacher with big books and other school texts. These young children ''play by design''--using play as a literacy to transform the texts that they read, write, and draw--but also as a tactic to transform their relational identities in the social spaces of peer and school cultures. (source: Nielsen Book Data)