The narrative, presented in first person, begins with “I am a story.” This is followed by questions, some very simple (who are your parents), others more complex (true/false, for example) ... but all parts of your story. What resonates is that everyone’s story is equal, and that those who feel otherwise are showing fear and insecurity. Through questions and simple activities, readers are moved to look past someone’s skin color, hair texture, and eye shape and to consider an individual’s personal story. Because somebody’s story is what makes them unique, because while race is part of the story, it isn't the whole story.
Young Listener (5):
My daughter was not that interested in the drawings so that made it hard for her to enjoy the book. She said they scared her a little. She also said she understood the author was saying not to judge people based on how they look.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (15):
By using first person, the author is able to connect with the reader on a different level, pushing them to engage in simple activiities. His questions move to deeper and deeper levels of interest/engagement for the readers. The main takeaway is that one should look past race and define their own story. The author's questions and statements reinforce the idea that we each have a story, and his goals were complemented by beautiful illustrations on every page. They really brought the words to life and made the reader connect on a deeper level. I really appreciated ahow it strengthensd and reinforces a message everyone should already know: there’s so much more to one’s story than race.
Let's Talk About Race is a good book for every age group because it is teaching and reinforcing an idea that everybody should know and accept. Manypeople still define other people by their race. This tells them to do the complete opposite, and makes it a good message for people of all races to hear and to be reminded of. I recommend borrowing the book from the library. It can easily be finished under 10 minutes, and though it is a good book with a great message, it is not something someone could read over and over again.
I didn't like this book. It was very "in your face" and almost written with a rude attitude. You get the concept of the book within the first few pages and then you feel like someone is just hammering it over and over again. The drawings were also all over the place and sometimes did not relate to what was being said on the page.
This is a good book to teach kids that each of us is different, and that rather than looking at the differences, focus on how we are the same.
The pictures were not pleasant to look at. The story was too much; it could have been cut in half with the same message.
This is a book that talks about and encourages kids to celebrate diversity and uniqueness.
Use this book as a way to open discussions about judging others, accepting those who are different then you, and getting to know people not based on looks but on who they are
8 and Up
4 and Up
Read with a 5-year-old girl. Also Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 15
Borrow. This is a useful book for talking with kids about acceptance and diversity, but there are others that don't wear you out half-way through.
|Title||Let's Talk About Race|
|Publisher||HarperCollins Publishers © 2008|
|Genres||Cultures & Tradition|