Are you prone to stereotyped thinking? We probably all are. Not falling into stereotypes is especially important when it comes to talk to your kids about their future. Do you have to be especially smart and a little boring to be a teacher? Can girls have interest in science without being dull? Can boys really become a male nurse? Should women stay home with kids or can this be the father’s part, too?
For toddlers and preschool aged children, a future job or family is far away. So why not start a discussion about stereotypes and making one’s own rules differently, with an approach younger kids can understand?
The young protagonist of “I want to be a witch” by Ian Cunliffe wants to be a witch when she grows up – but she already knows which characteristics of a typical witch she wants to embrace. Stubborn green hair and a warty nose? Please not. Horrid potions in a smelly old cauldron? Who needs that? She likes cats though, loves to bake sweet things and can’t wait to fly around on a broomstick. She’s even willing to take care of her teeth to not end up with rotten, crooked teeth like the ones of typical Hollywood witches… She wants to be a nice witch – just like her mom!
“I want to be a witch” by Ian Cuncliffe would be a fun read for the Halloween season, but it will be tempting to kids every age who know what they want – and what not. The book doesn’t shutter gender stereotypes like “Clive and his hats” by Jessica Spanyol, it’s a gentler approach to knowing what you like your future self to be like.
The colorful illustrations by the author are an important part of the story. There is much going on on each page, what makes “I want to be a witch” perfect for little ones to discover by themselves. Do you like spiders? Why not? Did you see the witch-fish? And can you imagine that the little girls brother probably wants to be a pirate when he grows up? “I want to be a witch” is much more than a thin paperback board book. The book can be a conversation starter to talk about stereotypes, personal aversions or an alternative story: What do you want to be – and what do you like about it? Are you ready to make your own rules?
„I want to be a witch“
written and illustrated by Ian Cunliffe
Age Range: 3 – 6 years
Publisher: Tiger Tales