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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The book is all about loving yourself and explains a bit about being racially "mixed."
Be happy with who you are. Embrace what's special about you. There are all kinds of families. You don't have to choose between groups to play with: "Some kids at school want me to choose / who I cruise with. / I'm down for FUN with everyone. / Why pick one race?"
Positive Role Models
Mike is comfortable in his own skin and openly fields questions from curious friends. Both he and his parents reinforce the importance of good self-esteem: "My mom and dad say I'm a blend / of dark and light. / 'We mixed you perfectly, / and got you JUST RIGHT!'"
Mike notes that he has to deal with a bit of name-calling: "They call me Mixed-up Mike, / but that name should be fixed. / I'm not mixed up,/ I just happen to be mixed."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mixed Me!, by actor-author Taye Diggs and illustrated by Shane W. Evans, is told in the voice of a young mixed-race boy and is all about celebrating who you are as a person and embracing what's unique about you. It follows their book Chocolate Me!, which also promotes self-esteem. Kids in the book ask the boy some questions about being racially mixed, so parents should be prepared to discuss aspects of interracial families.
Is It Any Good?
This delightful, textured, fun-filled picture book takes on the questions children of mixed races face with humor and offers a strong, positive message of self-love. It comes alive through Shane W. Evans' brilliant illustrations and Taye Diggs' rhythmic text. All families will fall in love with Mixed Me!, because the message of loving what makes you special is universal.
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