The Skin I'm in: A First Look at Racism a First Look at Racism

The Skin I m in A First Look at Racism a First Look at Racism Racial discrimination is crueland 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

  • Title: The Skin I'm in: A First Look at Racism a First Look at Racism
  • Author: Pat Thomas Lesley Harker
  • ISBN: 9780764124594
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Paperback
  • Racial discrimination is crueland 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 questionsRacial discrimination is crueland 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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    1. I do not recommend this book for children because of the confusion the author has between racism and bias and prejudice. The pictures are wonderful. But the message is about people called 'racists' and not about the acts. It is untrue that 'all can be racist'. Racism is a system that privileges white people and shows up in a power structure that privileges those of European heritage. Racism is kept in place when nothing changes about the system. All can be prejudiced, but in a world dominated by [...]

    2. The skin i'm in is a children's picturebook that talks about the issue of racism and what it is and what it looks like. They talk about the affects racism and bullying has on a child/ other person. I think the book did a great job of explaining and defining what racism is. For these reasons i though it was overall a good book.The skin I'm in uses tone to show that the book is serious and not just a joke. By making the book a serious tone children will see that it is not supposed to be funny. The [...]

    3. What is the key theme of the story?The key themes of this book are the concept of racism and it is a key look into what racism is and why it is not a good thing to do and this is a theme in which is not mentioned in many children’s books when they are in the setting. the theme of this book is there to teach children the importance of being kind to their friends and not to be cruel at any point.What I liked about the book?I really liked the way in which the book was teaching children the import [...]

    4. This is a short picture book that introduces the concept of racism and what it is. I read it with my two older children and then we had discussions about racism, prejudice and bullying. There are also some good going deeper prompts at the back of book. A good place to start the discussion.

    5. Grade/interest level: Pre-KReading level: N/A possible 2.1Genre: Informational TextMain Characters: N/ASetting: N/APOV: 3rd povThe Skin I’m In is an informational book that introduces young children to the concepts of race, culture, racism, and fairness. This book does not directly refer to any particular race or culture, but the illustrations feature children of all backgrounds and ethnicities. This book provides definitions of culture and race, and asks children to ponder questions regarding [...]

    6. This book is intended as a primer on racism for young children. I've been reading it to my kids for years and in my experience, it mostly succeeds at both defining what racism is and explaining how individual racist acts harm people (especially in the North American context). The book's biggest failure is its eliding of structural racism. Confining a discussion of racism to merely the explicit -- even cartoonish -- denigration of others is a good way to get the ideas across to young kids, but it [...]

    7. Despite a positive message against racism, the author/illustrator has chosen to portray those who are racist as white. On page 13 there is text, formatted to be on the bottom and easily missed, that states "Anybody of any skin color can be a racist" with an Indian/Pakistani looking older man holding back his (grand)son from reading with a mixed group of children, but all of the other pictures portray Caucasians being angry, mean, and unfair in product distribution. The overarching message throug [...]

    8. "The skin I'm In" reveals the cruelness of discrimination based on ones race. This book reminds children of how to accept individuals of different skin color and racial characteristics. This book is an simple story line that encourages students to accept all regardless of ones physical features. The book shares stories of emotional distress one endures while trying to be accepted in terms of race. I feel that teachers can use this book to explain to students that we all must learn to accept each [...]

    9. An introduction to the basic concepts of racism that provides young readers with opportunities to reflect, ask questions, learn acceptance, and how they could respond if they experience or witness racism. Thomas includes a guide for adults in the back of the book to offer suggestions on how to use this book with this children. Illustrations reflect a variety of races so readers are sure to find someone to connect with.

    10. An interesting book which describes what racism is and gives examples. I would have liked more reasons to be given as to why racism is wrong and maybe this would have made it more appropriate for students. The message is great that racism is wrong and should not be allowed but young children need to understand why not just told and expected to believe it.

    11. Great introduction to racism. I read this to my daughter when she was in kindergarten. I think this would be a great classroom book. Unfortunately most people are afraid of the topic so I doubt it is read in many classrooms. Also the kids that can benefit the most will probably never read this.

    12. This is a good book to start talking with young children about racism. Reading it is opening a lot of converstation between me and my 4-year old daughter.

    13. Nice introduction to racism and why it's wrong. Unfortunately, the people who would benefit from this the most will probably never read it.This seems like it would be good in the classroom.

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