Snow White in different guises: Interlingual and intercultural exchanges between grandparents and young children at home in East London

Eve Gregory, Tahera Arju, John Jessel, Charmian Kenner, Mahera Ruby
2007 Journal of Early Childhood Literacy  
Grandparents play a significant role in childcare and one activity that frequently occurs within this context is story-reading. However, relatively little attention has been given to the potential part that grandparents can play in terms of language and literacy development of young children. This article reports on work investigating the interlingual and intercultural exchanges occurring in a home setting in East London. In particular, it focuses on how the traditional heritage pattern of
more » ... and rhyme reading by a grandmother of Bengali origin is fused with evident practices experienced by her six year old grandchild. The data not only reveal the multiple worlds inhabited by the grandchild during story-reading but also the syncretism of these worlds on a number of levels. This paper contributes to the small but growing body of investigation into the reading styles occurring within families from different cultural backgrounds.
doi:10.1177/1468798407074831 fatcat:6odz7jkpfvgvziy2xcs56e72ri