Frogs and Snails and Feminist Tales. Preschool Children and Gender

This book analyzed preschool children's experience of becoming gendered drawing on poststructuralist theory. Based on observations of preschool children's play, and on their discussions about feminist stories read to them by the author, this book explores the way gender as a social category is made to matter in the everyday lives of children. 

This book has had a rather extraordinary life. Originally published in Australia by Allen and Unwin in 1989, it was put out in a second edition in 2003 by Hampton Press in the US. It received the Outstanding Book Award from the American Education Association, and when it was published in Swedish in 2003 as Hur flickor och pojkar gor kon, it led to Bronwyn being awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Uppsala University for her work in early childhood education. It also led to an invitation to replicate the study in Japan, and the findings of that study were published as: 

Davies, B. & Kasama, H. (2004). Gender in Japanese Preschools. Frogs and Snails and Feminist Tales in Japan. NJ: Cresskill, Hampton Press. 

More recently, in 2010, the first chapter of  Frogs and Snails was translated into Hindi.

Earlier translations include:

                         Translated into Swedish by Christer Wallentin (2003), Hur flickor och pojkar gor kon.

                                                               Stockholm, Liber (pp. 1-228).

                         Translated into German by Das Argument (1992): Frosche und Schlangen und Feministiche

                                                               Marchen. Zeitschrift fur Philosophie und Sozialwissenschaften (pp. 1-187).

                         Translated into Spanish by Ediciones Cátedra (1994): Sapos y culebras y Cuentos

                                                               feministas. Universitat de Valencia, Instituto de la Mujer (pp. 1-256)

                          Chapter 1 translated into Swedish by Tilda Maria Forselius, Bli pojke? Bli flicka? Locus. 3/97, 17-31.


                                 Reprinted in part in S. Scott & S. Jackson (Eds) Gender: A Reader. London, Routledge