June 11, 2021
A difficult topic handled gracefully
Please ignore the one-star reviews from the angry, defensive blowhards; they're not an accurate assessment of the book, at all. We watched a Youtube video of this book, since they didn't have it at our local library and I didn't necessarily want to buy it. It's a difficult and necessary subject that kids need to know, and the book serves as a sort of parents' starting point to talking about racial injustice in America. I say "starting point" because objectively, it still has problems--namely, the language of the book simplifies systemic racism into more personal bias--it is described as a pattern of "being nice to white people and mean to Black people." Which, I mean, that simplification is necessary when writing a book directed at children, but adults should be aware of the shortcomings of this (understandable) simplification, and be ready to correct/clarify/expand.
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