chapter
Commentary
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The three articles in this section-on women and power in Caldecott and Newbery winners by Cooper, on children's activity patterns by Lundgren and Cassedy, and children's views of body types by Miller, Plant, and Hanke-document the variety and subtlety of influences on the socialization of gender. Two of the articles trace these influences to particular sources, the family and children's books. Taken together, these articles confirm what is generally already known: that women are portrayed in literature in stereotyped ways, with little access to power and that children often play and choose play activities that are consistent with appropriate gender-typed activ ities .