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Friday, January 4, 2019
Author: Monique Fields
Illustrator: Yesenia Moises
Publisher: Imprint (Macmillan) , January 8, 2019
Intended Ages: 3-6
Themes: Family, Racial Identity, Language
Simone wants a color.
She asks Mama, "Am I black or white?"
A young biracial girl doesn't see herself as black or white and explores possible descriptions for herself.
What I like about this book: Without being preachy, this story about a biracial girl’s skin color encourages children to pause and reflect about the words they use and opens the door for lessons on family, heredity, and creative wordplay. The spare language is suitable for all ages. Most things in the world aren't black or white, and this book embraces children's individuality and empowers them to visualize who they are and how they want other people to see them. Arnold Adoff used a similar approach in the 1973 picture book black is brown is tan, told from the adult parents' point of view. Honeysmoke starts and stays with the child. Vibrant illustrations accompany the simple text.
Resources and Activities:
Play with fingerpaints! Mix the colors and make up names for the new combinations.
Brainstorm descriptors. Older readers can do this on their own. For younger readers, perhaps provide a stack of index cards with adjectives, colorful and otherwise, and let children pick and discard from the stack.
Older readers can also discuss the weight of words as descriptions. Are broad categories necessary? Why or why not?
For educators--Washington State has an 86-page pdf to download on biracial awareness, biases, and counseling biracial children.
I hope you enjoy today's selection!
Another review of this great book is posted by Vivian Kirkfield.
This review is part of PPBF (Perfect Picture Book Friday) where bloggers share great picture books. Organized and curated by author Susanna Leonard Hill, she keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books. #PPBF
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Thank you so much for this review. The resources and activities are wonderful.ReplyDelete
Happy to read it! I'll link it to Perfect Picture Book Friday next week. :)Delete
This one hadn't been on my radar, but I'll be on the look-out! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
It's such a sweet book--it should be on everyone's radar!Delete
Pat, been on my radar, too, as its a tricky subject. Thanks for the review, Wendy.ReplyDelete
This one shows how to make "tricky" invisible. It just tells a story that could apply to any child. No one is really "white" are they??Delete
Must find! Thanks for sharing today.ReplyDelete
Hope you can get it on your bookstore's shelves! Thanks for stopping by.Delete
This is one I also wanted to read. Thanks for the review of it, now I really want to find it.ReplyDelete
Thanks! It's a fast read through--then you want to read it again.Delete
Absolutely LOVE your review, Wendy...I will definitely add your link to my post...you provided wonderful activities and teacher resources...awesome!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Vivian! Together, our reviews certainly should give readers a good idea what to expect. #unintentional teamworkDelete
Great to see a picture book on this topic. First for me, as is Sharon Draper's "Blended" about a teen exploring her identity. Can't wait to read it!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing this Wendy - it looks like a popular book today!ReplyDelete