Me and My Ladybirds: or "Mummy, They're All the Same!"

Lissa Paul


The use of standardised reading schemes to introduce early readers to literature may be convenient for curricula and publishers, but it also can stifle interest, enthusiasm and exploration by those readers. In particular, Paul draws on Bakhtin's concept of monologic texts to examine the limited language of the Ladybirds (and similar) series, and Margaret Meek's demand for texts that challenge language in order to develop playful, polyphonic texts and laughing, independent readers.

Full Text:


The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680