It is the versus in the title that most interests me.
Why can't it read Princesses and Pirates?
But, I am getting ahead of myself...
In our classroom we have a varied assortment of book bins arranged according to favorite authors (Todd Parr, Ezra Jack Keats, James Marshall, Dr. Seuss, Anthony Browne, Denise Fleming, Nancy Carlson, Mo Willems), favorite characters (Curious George, Clifford, Froggy, Rotten Ralph) and genre (fairy tales, counting books, ABC books, color books, holidays, how-to books, seasons, etc.).
Our latest additions, based on student interest, are princess books and pirate books.
My follow-up question brought more compelling answers. I asked the girls if they also liked reading pirate books and all but one said "yes", but not one boy said he liked reading princess books. Not one! And the facial expression accompanying the answer clearly let me know that this was a ridiculous question to be asking in the first place.
Are societal expectations regarding gender roles at play here or is it that boys inherently find pirates more interesting than princesses?
Is it because it is simply easier for little girls to imagine themselves as a princess rather than a pirate?
I must admit that I find pirate books more interesting but have certainly become enchanted by a princess story or two in my time.
And so have these little boys. They are just not willing to admit it or haven't realized that they do.
How about you? Which do you prefer? Why?