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Living in Two Worlds

Living in Two Worlds

by Maxine B. Rosenberg, George Ancona (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-4 Large, clear black-and-white photographs take readers into the lives of five young biracial children. Rosenberg introduces their families and provides brief discussions of physical features such as skin and hair color and hair texture. Glimpses of family lifestyles and relationships are also provided to show how the adults contribute to the successful merging of two or more cultures. It is unfortunate, though, that the full-page photograph of seven-year old Megan's black grandmother's neighborhood shows a crumbling, garbage-piled street with graffiti-covered buildings and seven-foot wire fences. Also, nine-year-old Toah's black father and white mother are divorcedanother negative message that may be interpreted as the norm for biracial black/white relationships. The most meaningful section of this book is the ``Afterword'' by Dr. Philip Spivey, himself a biracial researcher of psychological profiles of biracial adolescents. A complementary and more substantive (in length and content) book on this topic is John and Stanli Becker's All Blood Is Red. . .All Shadows Are Dark! (Seven Shadows Pr, 1984). Living in Two Worlds may be successfully used in discussions designed to help young children understand and appreciate human differences. Helen E. Williams, University of Maryland , College Park

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HarperCollins Publishers
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1st ed
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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