- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Posted August 12, 2013
Me and my 4 yr old son absolutely LOVED this book!!! The imagery was beautiful and easily engaged my son. He asked me questions about being "mixed" and, I found myself having a much needed conversation with him about his cultural background. This book is a great way to help parents initiate dialogue about ethnicity with their children. Another aspect of the book I love is, it suggests ideas that parents can use to help their kiddie[s] understand what it means to be mixed. Fabulous book!
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 3, 2014
I liked this book, but expected its imagery and text to include mixed children who are not only half black and half white. Mine are half white and half Asian and references did not connect. So, it is what it is and that is fine, but it wasn't the helpful tool for my family, as I'd hoped it would be.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 14, 2013
Posted November 8, 2013
Excellent book for kids! I don't have my own children, but I have bought this for several of my friends who have mixed children! Both parents and child have loved the book. Really engaging and educational. Definitely a great tool to approach talking to children about race and ethnicity and bring mixed! Great book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 28, 2013
Layers of Love for “I Am Mixed”
From the first page, we enter the magical world of the twins, Nia and Jay, one where the frogs have top hats and butterflies land on little girls’ fingers, straws are made of licorice, grasshoppers are students alongside humans all being taught by frogs, fish are jumping from the lake wearing sunglasses and of course, there are twins—boy and girl twins which in itself is magical—automatic friends who are the same (Mixed) while different (girl/boy, chocolate/vanilla) but have each other and you, the reader can be like them too! You are walking into a magical fantasy land of wonder and amazement and all this sweet wonder is what makes up the mixed twins.
I love the way this is a world view of cultural combinations. When they are explaining difference they compare the girl’s hair with the hair of an East Asian classmate--the writers illustrating their dedication to really create something more expansive than a “black and white” world for the protagonists. I took umbrage with the fact that the girl twin looked like the mom and the boy twin looked like the dad but my 3-year-old didn’t care. She was just more attached to the boy twin who looks very similar to her.
As we went through this book I saw a lot of my daughter’s vanity express itself as she was very interested in everything about the boy’s look especially his hair and where he was on the page and then, she was interested in the mom’s clothes and the girl twin when the girl twin was dancing the Irish jig. My daughter is Black Irish so I found all of this to be very ironic but through my daughter’s experience of this book, I also got to see one aspect of the way this book allows a child to find themselves and their family on the page. There are so many cultures represented in this book that I could imagine a child with Sub-Saharan African, Caribbean, English, NorthAmerican, Cuban, Mexican, Haitian, or Chinese cultures in their home, all finding their relatable representation of themselves in these pages.
There was a definite planning of subtext through the illustration and my daughter engaged with the art work so she wasn’t just looking at kids cooking as an illustration of the “melting pot” line; she was looking at a pot of the world and we ended up talking about a globe and Chinese dragons in the middle of her asking a million questions about the brother twin. The greatest example of how captivating the world is that Beauvais and Jones create: by the time we got to “I am all things fine and fair and coarse and beautiful brown,” my daughter was reciting the text over and over again. It’s catchy rhythmic sentences and other unexpected fanciful surprises in the magical world of I AM Mixed that kids can catch on to.
“I Am Mixed” has a message of belonging for the biracial/multicultural child but it is also good, imaginative, fun children’s literature. Although the main text only deals with one questioning and no conflict over the phenotype of mixed identity, in the follow up pages, the authors discuss how the girl twin communicated with her questioning classmates as an example of how to answer challenges to one’s identity without getting angry.
At the end of the book, there is a straightforward explanation of what it is to be mixed. And, more exciting for the little ones: a hands on family tree and “all about me” bio activity for parents/teachers to engage in with the children. Yay! This book is so much fun; when you finish reading this book, you feel like, “it’s so much fun to be mixed, I wanna go there (i.e. to Nia and Jay’s mixed world) and for the kids, this book lets them think, ‘ I’m all that sweet stuff. It’s so incredibly cool to be me and people like me are all over the world. Yeah!’ and I think that’s how every kid should feel about him/herself so we’re going to do the activity pages in pencil until she gets older, fill in the family tree and have fun with this book. If you’ve already given your biracial child the language of their identity, this reinforces it with a fanciful adventure, if you haven’t given your child a language of identity, this is a great, fun way to give them a way to understand who they are and how to explain who they are to others because every child can understand being made of “all kinds of goodies…” After we finished reading, when I asked what she liked about the book, my daughter said “being girls, being mixed.” Totally cool, empowering book Ms. Beauvais and Mr. Jones. I give it a 5 out of 5.
Posted September 24, 2013
Beautifully illustrated, thoughtful and poetic. My daughter and I are both of mixed heritage and instantly related to this book. As well as enjoying the joyful pictures and wonderful descriptions, it was a fantastic tool to discuss race, heritage and influences in our lives, as well as fill in the great family tree at the back! A delightful book, regardless of what race you are. Well worth a look!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 1, 2013
This book is perfect!! My 2 year old baby girl LOVES it!! We read it everyday and it is the first book she grabs out of her collection! !
Being the Adoptive parent to a Tri Racial daughter. ...this book is AMAZING!!! Thank you I AM MIXED!!!
Posted July 28, 2013
No text was provided for this review.
Posted November 12, 2013
No text was provided for this review.