Useful Questions

The reviewers for Kolibri base their evaluations on their own experiences and their own cultural perspective. To appraise publications on the basis of the above-mentioned criteria, they may consult a list of questions. These can assist them to resolve uncertainties and to reflect on their own point of view.

Characters

  • Which are the main characters?
  • Characters of minority group: which role do they play?
  • What do people have to do in order to get recognition?

 Relationships

  • How are characters from other social group portrayed (e.g. stereotypes such as «the good», «the bad»)?
  • How is the relationship between ethnics shown (or between native people and migrants)?
  • Is there a hierarchy between social classes or men and women (boys and girls)?

Different forms of life

  • Which forms of life and which social values can be found in the book?
  • How is cultural identity expressed?
  • How does the book help to learn about values other than my own?

Appreciation

  • Are members of (different) social groups recognized in their identity?
  • How are problems solved? Are certain characters just needy and helpless?
  • How are conflicts solved? Do you find fairness in the book?

Illustration

All the questions above are important for illustrations as well.

  • Do the pictures connect with the cultural identity described in the text?
  • Is there a connection between the story and the images?
  • What is the relation between members of different social groups, ethnics, class etc.? (Size, position on the page, colours)

Language and Style

  • How is language used (phrase, structure of the text)? Which vocabulary is used?
  • Does it match the characters and the cultural identity described?
  • Moral message: is it accessible and relevant for children?