A Present for Grandfather (The Boxcar Children: The by Gertrude Chandler Warner

By Gertrude Chandler Warner

Benny Alden has just one buck to spend on Grandfather's birthday current. yet every thing he unearths both bills an excessive amount of or isn't a lot enjoyable. Then Benny, his good friend Michael, and his puppy, Watch, pay attention Grandfather speaking to the baker, and without warning Benny has an idea that's greatest!

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8 My work, more specifically, draws from theory and research that focuses on boys, friendships, masculinities, and human nature. These literatures reveal both the thin culture interpretations of boys’ experiences as well as the thick culture ones. The literature on human nature from which I draw in this book includes the work of social scientists who underscore the ways humans are both receivers of culture and responsive to culture as agents. 10 Our emotional and social skills are, in essence, the root of our survival as individuals and as a species.

Understanding the reasons for this loss and how it reflects a larger loss in community, in friendships, and in empathy91 in America during the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first century is critical to finding a way to address this increased isolation. Just as we have been increasingly “bowling alone,”92 so have teenagers become increasingly isolated and alienated. 93 Boys’ stories suggest that we need to foster our relational and emotional capacities so that boys, girls, women, and men can continue to thrive in all areas of their lives.

That’s why I don’t think I have any real close friends. I mean, things can travel around in a school and things would go around, and the story would change from person to person. Yeah, basically I hate it, I hate it, ’cause you know I wouldn’t mind talking to somebody my age that I can relate to ’em on a different basis. Like Guillermo, Victor longs to find the type of intimate male friend he had earlier, but fears of betrayal prevent him from continuing to pursue the possibility. THE HIDDEN LANDSCAPE OF BOYS’ FRIENDSHIPS 21 Occasionally boys did not directly express their yearning for intimate male friendships, but the tone of their voices suggested that they felt poorly about the loss of their formerly close friendships.

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