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The Skin I'm In: A First Look at Racism Paperback – Mar 1 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 1 edition (March 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764124595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764124594
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 24.1 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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LOOK AT . . .
The Skin I'm In
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.
Written by psychotherapist and counselor Pat Thomas, these superb advice books promote interaction among children, parents, and teachers on personal, social, and emotional issues.
Books in the series:
Don't Call Me Special -- a first look at disability
I Can Be Safe -- a first look at safety
I Miss You -- a first look at death
Is It Right to Fight? -- a first look at anger
May Amazing Body -- a first look at health and fitness
My Brother, My Sister, and Me -- a first look at sibling rivalry
My Family's Changing -- a first look at family break-up
My Friends and Me -- a first look at friendship
My Family -- a first look at adoption
Stop Picking on Me -- a first look at bullying
The Skin I'm In -- a first look at racism

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only thing i dont like about this book is that it says everyone can be racist. anyone can perpetuate racist behaviors but not everyone has the same self determination. even for a kids book, it needs to be more accurate when supporting the learning of my 2 year old biracial son. but other than that, really important learnings for kids in this book
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Amazing book and shipping was very fast. Although I do wish it was offered in hard cover
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2.0 out of 5 stars Well intentioned but no at all appropriate for young children. Oct. 16 2016
By C. R. Anderson - Published on
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I got this book because I am a strong believer that all people are beautiful and equal. I want to teach my children love and acceptance. I thought this would be a good book to teach my 5 year old about loving who you are and accepting those who are different. (we are currently in a " I want to be blond hair, blue eyed" phase). I loved the first 12 pages. Then it gets very focused on racists and how they are "cowards." The book turned very negative and while I definitely think that mentioning that racism exists, anyone can do it, and that it is wrong is awesome but I think this book goes overboard and gets really negative. So disappointed that a book I bought to teach tolerance was so negative. Also, there is a page with a clown that says that if you are afraid of someone different then you you should try to get to know them....So it is kids who are afraid of a clown (no adults present and even their dog is scared) and then they all decide to ignore that feeling and decide to play with this man they don't know. So weird for so many reasons. If my children hung out with an adult who is walking around dressed as a clown I would freak out. ALso currently in our area people are dressing up like clowns and jumping people which just makes this page worse. Good intentions for a book but poorly executed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good discussion starting book. Aug. 5 2016
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I got this book to open up discussions with my children about race and discrimination. They are both very young and are just now learning that people can really be mean for no reason other than how you look. My son was a victim of bullying- which I believed stemmed from the way he looked. )This book is a great starting point. I like that it does talk about how racism can be from any race/ religion to any race/religion and is always wrong. It helps give them a voice when they see it happening to someone else and I hope a voice when it happens to them. It does happen to ALL races, and we need to educate our children to help stop it.
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent July 22 2009
By M. Crawford - Published on
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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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I'm disappointed with this book Aug. 5 2015
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I'm disappointed with this book . This book focuses on individual "racists" (a lot), rather than systemic racism that oppresses. It also states that "anybody of any skin color can be a racist" - wrong! Racism requires power and privilege. We can all be prejudiced, but we can't all be racist.