by Naomi Danis

Grown-Ups Analyze Kid’s Books

Why does Frances, the female badger whose bedtime has come and gone (Russell Hoban’s Bedtime for Frances), keep trying to get her parents’ attention, while the male hero of Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen embarks on a fantasy escape when he is banished to bed? These and other questions are explored in the endearing Inside Picture Books, by Ellen Handler Spitz (Yale University Press, $25). Spitz, a psychoanalyst—who incidentally writes with a Jewish sensibility—interprets the art, the words and the meanings of the culture adults transmit to children in the act of reading them picture books.

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A Whole New World for Girls

The articles in this special section:


by Susan Weidman Schneider

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by Susannah Jaffe

Spirituality for Girls

by Naomi Goodman

No More GYN Dread!

by Sarah Blustain

BBG! Mind! Body! Attitude!

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Living Full Jewish Lives in a Barbie Doll World

by Karen L. Smith

A psychotherapist offers a fascinating new take on the challenges to Jewish girls' bodies.

Girls and Food

by Sarah Blustain

Dolls to Live By

by Naomi Goodman

Lilith college interns Naomi Goodman and Susannah Jaffe confess to continuing their relationships with their dark-haired American Girl dolls, and tell why it was hard to love them unconditionally.

Molly’s Christmas Dilemma

by Susannah Jaffe

Miriam; The Deeper Song

by Naomi Goodman

If You Could Be My Friend

by Susannah Jaffe

Speed of Light

by Susannah Jaffe

Star of Luis

by Talya Lieberman

When the Beginning Began

by Maren Lange

Stories about god, the creatures and us