I am Flippish!

I am Flippish!

by Leslie V. Ryan

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BN ID: 2940033076024
Publisher: Leslie V. Ryan
Publication date: 02/15/2012
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 5 - 11 Years

About the Author

Leslie V. Ryan, born in Japan and raised in Papua New Guinea and the Philippines, moved to the United States in 1987. She received her bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies and Japanese language from the University of California at Berkeley. Her book, I am Flippish!, is inspired by her real-life experience of someone telling her son that he couldn’t possibly be Irish because of the way he looked. In response to this hurtful and confusing incident, Flippish! was born. Ryan’s hope is that more children from multicultural families will be empowered by discovering who they are and be able to take pride in and celebrate their ancestry. Story Behind "I am Flippish!" Leslie Ryan is Filipino-American and her husband is Irish-American. They have 2 children, Sean (10) and Linley (7). Ever since their children were born, people said they looked more Asian than Irish. They thought it was pretty funny at first. But in 2007, when Sean was in Kindergarten, a mom in his class told her son that he didn’t look Irish and he couldn’t be Irish. Even though it was meant as a joke, it was a little hurtful and no longer funny. Leslie’s son then asked her if he really is Irish. She said yes, half Filipino and half Irish, or Flippish for short. After this incident, Leslie started looking for children’s picture books about multi-cultural families. To her disappointment and frustration that there were no books explaining to kids about where their ancestors came from, she decided to write a story herself.

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I Am Flippish! 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SteveYagyagan More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book!  Leslie Ryan hits home the message about biracial/multiethnic people.  As a biracial/multiethnic American, I wish I had books like this one when I was a kid.  I like how Ryan shares Sean's experience in elementary school and how his parents took the time to share his rich and beautiful ethnic family tree.  I want to see more of these kinds of books in the school because it will help our children learn at an early age about their friends who are a little different from them and about their own ethnic mix.
CindyJL More than 1 year ago
"I am Flippish" by Leslie V. Ryan is a wonderful book to teach diversity to children. Living in the 'melting pot' that we do, this book has been a tool in educating my daughters (ages 7 and 10) on how we may look different, but all are still the same on the inside. We also had fun coming up with our name for our own mixed heritage and have settled on 'Iritalian.' With her insight and style of writing, I am looking forward to reading anything this author writes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a fun and positive message to all children about their ancestors. Whether it relates to your family or not, all children will learn that just because you or someone you know, does not look like their mom or dad it does not make it wrong. Check it out, there is a creative "naming game" that the author incorporates throughout the book.
CaliGirl73 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for young readers and easily illustrates the diversity upon our fellow friends and family! My daughter "LOVED" this book and we even bought two other books to send to our family. I highly recommend this book and the illustrations are amazing!!!!
tiwout More than 1 year ago
My kids love this book! We live in a melting pot and this book teaches a great principle of how two different cultures can work together so beautifully.
ginhovil More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book! It is a perfect book for all children...either to help them with their diverse heritage or to be more thoughtful to children from diverese backgrounds. Very creative, super illustrations, and just a positive book all together!
K_A_M More than 1 year ago
“I am Flippish!” is a fun and cleverly written book that is an enjoyable read for kids and adults alike. The book reflects the ever changing landscape of America, promoting the diversity that makes our country and the people who live here so unique. “I am Flippish” is a celebration in recognizing who we are, where we came from and embracing how wonderful it is to be different. A highly recommended read!
Deb_Okura More than 1 year ago
This is an adorable children's book that helps children understand that people are special and unique because of their heritage. It is a wonderful story of embracing who you are and how being of mixed descent is something to celebrate and be proud of. As a mother of two young sons who are half Japanese and half English, it was wonderful to share with them that they are two special "Japenglish" boys! So, not only is it an important message of "acceptance" in Leslie's book, but the endearing illustrations and country flags also engage the readers and encourage children to think: "Where am I from?"
TMOC More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my kids as I thought it was a positive read and a powerful message that taught tolerance as well as understanding. It did not disappoint. The book is well written with great illustrations and I highly recommend it to any parent.