Editorial Reviews

Martha Sibert
After someone asks whether she's "mixed", second-grader Hope, a biracial child, wonders what that means. Her great aunt assures her that as the child of a white father and an African-American mother, she represents "generations of faith mixed with lots of love. This is well told story, and the illustrations, with their fluid, rounded shapes, are a dynamic accompaniment.
The Horn Book Guide
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3In this beautifully told and illustrated book, a young girl learns the story behind her name and to be proud of her biracial heritage. When her great-aunt Poogees friend asks if the child is mixed, Poogee says Baby, dont you pay Violet no never mind. But, of course, Hope does. That night at bedtime, Poogee explains to her that she is generations of faith mixed with lots of love. The lively, expressive full-page oil paintings depict Hopes fathers white immigrant ancestors arriving in America and her mothers enslaved ancestors toiling in the cotton fields. As Poogee tells her story, readers see Hopes African-American grandparents marching for equal rights, and her white grandparents, who are teachers. And best of all, they are shown the wedding of Hopes parents with their black and white families and friends celebrating together. A must-have title.Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Monk takes a didactic tack in presenting one girl's ancestry, weaving into a story of several generations the scene of her African-American mother and Caucasian father's wedding.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575057927
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Series:
Carolrhoda Picture Books Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.86(w) x 9.82(h) x 0.11(d)
Lexile:
AD830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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formerschoolcounselor More than 1 year ago
When a young girl overhears a negative comment about her mixed-race ancestry, she is filled with confusion and self-doubt until her beloved auntie tells her stories of struggle and achievement from both black and white history. This book is clear and respectful and is an affirming story of pride for bi-racial children early elementary through adolescence.