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Let's Talk About Race Paperback – December 23, 2008

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Product Details

  • 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)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautiful art but not at all what I expected. I wanted an elementary-level explanation about how the cultural and social implications of race can be positive and yet also about the complicated history of racial oppression. This book implies that noticing racial differences is negative and seems to advocate a color blind ideology. Now I have to try to find a book that talks about what it means to be a racial minority in Western civilization in a kid-friendly way.
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Everyone has a story that is made up of lots of things like when they were born, what race they are, who their parents are and lots more. This book is all about race. It teaches us that we are really all the same deep down. Everyone is a person that deserves to be treated with respect no matter what color their skin is.

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.
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The book “Let’s Talk About Race” is a book that teaches you a lot about race. And it tells you what not to say, like “My race is better than yours!’’ You can’t say that because that is being racist. One reason I like this book is because the author did good illustrations for example a lot of people that are treating other people very nice . Another reason I like this book is that it has good lessons.For example it told us what to not say so you can`t hurt others. Another reason I like this book is the details. For instance, the author drew good drawings.I would suggest this book for kids ages 8-10 who want to learn about race.

by Danny, age 9
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There is nothing like a thoughtful picture book to inspire rich discussion. LET'S TALK ABOUT RACE, by Julius Lester, is a perfect example. This compelling picture book is a simple, yet elegant, exploration of personal identity. It is easily read in one sitting, and yet the layered illustrations encourage the reader to linger on each page. Julius Lester's well-chosen words, combined with Karen Barbour's extraordinary drawings make this a must-have for schools and libraries.
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I got this book to open up discussion with my son about how people are different- yet the same. The author is extremely relatable for kids. The questions he asks are thought provoking but also easy for them to see where the conflict arises. This book is suitable for all races, religions and ages. It shows how we may look different but underneath out skin, we are the same and may end up having lots of things in common. The illustrations are colorful and fun for kids to look at. Pictures of people without their skin are interesting and fun- not gory or scary.
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Children should be taught about who they are, both inside and out, getting to know others before they prejudge them, and that it's what is inside of each of us that makes us special. Additionally, they should understand that what we are inside is important regardless of our race, the color/texture of our hair, where we live, or how rich or poor we are. Newberry Honor Book Author Julius Lester explores these areas in his latest book for children LET'S TALK ABOUT RACE.

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."

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The words were matter of fact; they did not have the musical quality that I usually expect in children's literature. This could be an interesting book for older children, maybe especially for those who have not previously considered racism. I found the art was not appropriate for my preschoolers since it depicted people without any skin, just flesh and bones. I found The Colors of Us to be more helpful with young children.
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I thought the book was a great way to have a conversation with a child about race. I like the line in the book "Your race is not all that you are. My race is not all that I am." It is a quick read, one that I am happy I bought.
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