Under Our Skin: Kids Talk about Race

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Six young people discuss their feelings about their own ethnic backgrounds and about their experiences with people of different races.

Six young people discuss their feelings about their own ethnic backgrounds and about their experiences with people of different races.

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Six young people discuss their feelings about their own ethnic backgrounds and about their experiences with people of different races.

Six young people discuss their feelings about their own ethnic backgrounds and about their experiences with people of different races.

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Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
Through the eyes of six students, from different racial groups, we perceive how they feel and how they experience racial prejudice. Rosa, who is Mexican, thinks that some parents probably raise their kids to be prejudiced. Akram is Muslim. His religion is his culture. Akram says, that if he could, he would make people who are racist live together with different races and get used to them, then they would get along. Jenny is Chinese. She feels special because she eats with chopsticks, sometimes wears special clothes and celebrates special holidays. She likes meeting people from other countries so she can learn about their cultures. Tad is a white teenager. He feels that everybody is equal and that it would be boring to have just one race. His solution to racism is to put something in people's tea, a get-along potion. Janell is American Indian. She really enjoys the traditions and customs, the feasts and the powwows. She feels that if she could change the color of the skin of those who are prejudice, maybe they would see that racism is bad. Jason is African American. He feels it's not the color of your skin that matters; it's what's under our skin that counts.
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Gr 4-8In this companion book to What I Believe: Kids Talk About Faith (Holiday, 1996), the Birdseyes have encouraged six eighth graders from Oregon to share their impressions about race. Rosa, a Mexican-American; Akram, an Arab-American; Jenny, a Chinese-American; Tad, an Anglo-American; Janell, a Native American; and Jason, an African American, present their first-person accounts in separate chapters. The middle schoolers each discuss feelings about their race and what racism means to them. Interestingly, they examine both sides of the issuewhen the prejudice is directed against them, and when members of their own ethnic group are prejudiced toward others. Full-color photographs show the young people in everyday activitiesdancing, playing sports, using computers, and hanging out with friends. There are also a few shots depicting culturally specific activities. This book provides an excellent starting point for discussion. It gives readers a chance to see what life is like through someone else's eyes, and in someone else's skin.Yapha Nussbaum Mason, Brentwood Lower School, Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823413256
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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