- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 5
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Amistad; Reprint edition (December 23, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0064462269
- ISBN-13: 978-0064462266
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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- #2 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Tolerance
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- #29 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Difficult Discussions > Prejudice & Racism
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Let's Talk About Race Paperback – December 23, 2008
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Starred Review. Grade 1-5 - This stunning picture book introduces race as just one of many chapters in a person's story. Beginning with the line, "I am a story," Lester tells his own story with details that kids will enjoy, like his favorite food, hobbies, and time of day. Then he states, "Oh. There's something else that is part of my story…I'm black." Throughout the narrative, he asks questions that young readers can answer, creating a dialogue about who they are and encouraging them to tell their own tales. He also discusses "stories" that are not always true, pointing out that we create prejudice by perceiving ourselves as better than others. He asks children to press their fingers against their faces, pointing out, "Beneath everyone's skin are the same hard bones." Remove our skin and we would all look the same. Lester's engaging tone is just right and his words are particularly effective, maintaining readers' interest and keeping them from becoming defensive. The pairing of text and dazzling artwork is flawless. The paintings blend with the words and extend them, transporting readers away from a mundane viewpoint and allowing them to appreciate a common spiritual identity. This wonderful book should be a first choice for all collections and is strongly recommended as a springboard for discussions about differences. - Mary Hazelton, Warren Community School and Miller Elementary School, ME
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K-Gr. 3. With an chatty, interactive text that is clearly meant to generate discussion, and vividly colored, mixed-media artwork, this book, like bell hooks' Skin Again [BKL S 15 04], considers race as only one aspect of a person's identity. Lester begins with a look at prejudice. He then goes anatomical: "beneath everyone's skin are the same hard bones." Without clothes, skin, and hair, everyone looks the same. Well, gender sameness doesn't quite work (women's pelvic bones, for example, are larger), but kids will laugh at the notion of stripping down to the skeleton. They'll also think about the concept, especially because Lester speaks so personally, not only as a proud black man but also about where he lives and what he likes and dislikes. Barbour's pictures have a folkart feeling that aptly shows a rich diversity of individuals as well as the common humanity that connects people everywhere. Hazel Rochman
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is full of colorful images. The book is not too long to read all at once and it has a great message.
We would recommend this to teachers and anyone who works with children. The book is a great way to open discussions on racism, and treating others with respect and kindness regardless of who they are, where they live, the color of their skin, or what clothes they wear.
by Danny, age 9
I enjoyed LET'S TALK ABOUT RACE and think it is a wonderful tool for helping children understand the differences in those around them and that no one is better than anyone else simply because they are different in some way. I encourage parents and educators to share this book with their children at the early stages when they begin questioning their bodies and comparing them to others. It is clearly understood after reading this bright and vibrantly painted book that "beneath everyone's skin are the same hard bones."
Reviewed by Tee C. Royal
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book! It allows adults to begin a conversation with young children about the importance of respecting everyone's story. I highly recommend this book!Published 9 months ago by Carol Zelaya
I like this book and the seller did their part appropriately but I feel this book is too color blind. I wish someone warned me. Oh well.Published 10 months ago by Ceci
This book is written as if Julius Lester were in the room having a conversation with the reader about race. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Diane Lloyd