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The Skin I'm In: A First Look at Racism [Paperback]

Pat Thomas , Lesley Harker

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March 1 2003 First Look at Books
Racial discrimination is cruel—and especially so to younger children. This title encourages kids to accept and be comfortable with differences of skin color and other racial characteristics among their friends and in themselves. A First Look At… is an easy-to-understand series of books for younger children. Each title explores emotional issues and discusses the questions such difficulties invariably raise among kids of preschool through early school age. Written by a psychotherapist and child counselor, each title promotes positive interaction among children, parents, and teachers. The books are written in simple, direct language that makes sense to younger kids. Each title also features a guide for parents on how to use the book, a glossary, suggested additional reading, and a list of resources. There are attractive full-color illustrations on every page. (Ages 4-7)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent July 22 2009
By M. Crawford - Published on
This book is an excellent addition to a child's library. I have a different perspective from the previous reviewers, in that I think it is correct to say that although all people can express prejudice - "racism" is an oppressive act committed within a dominant culture and creates real barriers our institutions as well as our personal lives - and has a very different effect on peoples lives than hurtful personal expressions of prejudice from members of minority communities. Although prejudice and racial teasing and bullying are certainly hurtful and destructive - I think the book, and its direct questions to the readers, and its illustrations do an excellent job describing such complicated subjects to young children.

There are illustrations of kids of color looking at magazines of blond-haired, blue eyed princesses, there are images which show an Islamic man uncomfortable with his grandson playing with children of Euro-american children, there are illustrations which depict subtler forms of racism other than explicit racist bullying (a man giving more ice cream to a child of the same race)

I am a clinical social worker who works with adoptees, and a white adoptive mother to Korean American children, and my kids found this book extremely helpful through pre K and kindergarten, when awareness of difference and race begins to be experienced on the playgrounds. They often asked to read it, and both asked for help from a grown up right away when they were teased about their race in pre-school. Our family has been very grateful for this book and I highly recommend it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Skin I'm In May 21 2010
By Icem Benamu - Published on
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I like the fact that this book gives an example of how to address a hiden racist behavior while at the same time teaching how to seek for advice and help. My 4 year old loves this book.
20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Feel Ok About the Book March 26 2008
By Megan Deperro - Published on
While I happen to work with Black students (only 1 white student) I know that Black children go through racism on a daily basis, more than any other racial group. However, even my 8yr. old Black students are aware and have said aloud there ARE Black, Latino, etc. racists. I was disappointed again to see a book where only white males are the racists, not a Latino man or a Black female. It was nice the text said any1 can be racist, but the illustrations did not support this.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Labeling People Dec 3 2010
By S. Moran - Published on
The book was a straightforward, easy read. But it pointed out, pictured and labeled certain people as being a "racist". Any one is susceptible to dealing with racist attitudes. I would like to see the attitude of racism being dealt with rather than labeling another human. This seems to promote the very exclusionary attitude the book is supposedly trying to deal with.
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous April 21 2014
By Cathy - Published on
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great little text to get children thinking and appreciating other cultures
my class thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book and many activities can be
integrated into the story

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