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You Can't Say You Can't Play Summary
Vivian Paley

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You Can't Say You Can't Play Summary

Plot Summary

You Can't Say You Can't Play is the story of Kindergarten teacher Vivian Paley's attempt to teach her class not to treat some children as inferior to others by systematically excluding them from playing with others. Paley sees this process of exclusion hardening as children age, and continuing long into adulthood. She believes that if children can be taught to treat one another as equals no matter what, this lesson could follow them throughout their lives.

In Chapter 1, Paley outlines the problem. The phrase "You can't play" is the beginning of the formation of a social hierarchy, and makes some children feel awful about themselves and sometimes leaves them isolated. Paley writes a story to teach the pain of rejection to her students that feature a variety of characters, which initially includes a magpie named Magpie, a young princess named Annabella and her father, a prince named Kareem...

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