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Magic Capes, Amazing Powers

For as long as there have been heroes and villains, children have been imitating them to explore power and investigate big questions about the world. At the same time, many adults are understandably troubled by the effect of media storylines, stereotypes, and violence on children's superhero play. Magic Capes, Amazing Powers takes an in-depth look at why children are so strongly attracted to superhero and weapons play, examines the concerns of parents and teachers, and suggests practical solutions that take into account the needs of children and adults. It's goal is to take superhero play in a positive direction through the use of redirection, storytelling, dramatic play materials, anti-bias curriculum, and clear limit setting, while allowing children to do what they do best—play!

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"Once in a while, a book comes along that one wishes she/he had written. Magic Capes, Amazing Powers is such a one for me. It seamlessly and insightfully weaves together developmental and anti-bias theory, brilliant understanding of children, and creative, practical strategies. Eric Hoffman has given us a marvelous book that will enhance every early childhood program." —Louise Derman-Sparks, author of Anti-Bias Curriculum


"Here is a book on superhero play that grows out of thoughtful and informed classroom practice. It will help any teacher who struggles with how to deal with superhero play and wants concrete help developing a child-centered, socially responsible approach." —Diane Levin, PhD, Professor of Education, Wheelock College, author of Remote Control Childhood and coauthor of The War Play Dilemma



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