Virtual Children's Books Exhibits


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Just for Boys














4.  Nursery Novelties for Little Masters and Misses.  London: J. Harris and Son, 1819.

4a.  The Little Minxes.  Illustrated by William McConnell?  (Routledge Funny Books, 6)  London: David Bogue, between 1857 and 1858.

Girls and women around the world traditionally have been excluded from kite-flying. It is considered a masculine activity, whether classified as a minor outdoor sport or a fighting competition as depicted in the Afghanistani writer Khaled Hosseini's 2003 novel, The Kite Runner. On the left, the good little sister occupies herself writing a letter, while her brother runs full-out to get his kite up in the air. On the right, the tomboy is a figure of fun for preferring kite-flying, cricket, and tops to more ladylike pursuits.