As the American society becomes increasingly diverse, the issue of cultural authenticity in literature has taken the center stage among educators, parents as well as other interest groups. Cultural authenticity is also significant particularly because it mirrors issues of social responsibility or authors; cultural sensitivity and values; content or image authenticity; the role of experience and imagination in writing for children; and ideological foundations. This paper evaluates two texts to establish whether they are culturally diverse.
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In conclusion, the books reviewed herein feature authentic rather than stereotyped depictions of characters, cultural details, and historical information in both text and illustrations. The strength of these books is in the fact that they are written by individuals who are born of the same culture they are portrayed. This suggests that multicultural books are best and more authentic if written by an individual from the same background or culture the book is about.
Isadora, R. (2007). Yo, Jo! New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Mora, P., Torrecilla, P., & Ventura, G. (2001). The Bakery Lady/La Senora de La Panaderia. Houston, TX: Pinata Books.