Hope (Picture Books)
by Isabell Monk
During a visit with her great-aunt, a young girl learns the story behind her name and learns to feel proud of her biracial heritage.
Published March 1st 1999 by Carolrhoda Books
(first published January 1st 1999)
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The book "Hope" is about a young girl(Hope) who is given the opportunity to explore her biracial background one summer weekend with her Aunt Poogee. One weekend, the two go to the open-air market and are greeted by all of the different people there. Everything is wonderful until Aunt Poogie runs into an old friend of hers who, making a judgment, comments based on Hope’s appearance, asks if the girl is “mixed.” Not understanding what the comment means, Hope is very intrigued by it for the rest of...more
This story is about a girl's yearly summer weekend visit to her aunt's house. The narrator, Hope, tells about her visit the summer before second grade to her aunt Poogee's house in which she learns about her bi racial heritage and the reason behind her name. The author Isabell Monk captures the voice of a child who describes meeting her aunt's friends and describes the story her aunt told her about her history(ex.So when someone asks, "My goodness is that child mixed?" you can say in a clear voi...more
This narrative explains biracial identity from the perspective of a child. The narrator, Hope, visits her Great Aunt Poogee, and hears one of Aunt Poogee's old friends call the young girl "mixed." Hope doesn't understand why she was called that, or what it means. The author, Isabell Monk, does a great job of capturing a small child's point of view on such a controversial topic. Through the voice of the aunt, Isabell Monk does a wonderful job of explaining how two races join and make one family,...more
This narrative is about a young biracial girl named Hope. Her mother is black and her father is white. She visits her aunt Poogee during the summer and she heard someone labeling her as “mixed.” She does not understand why she s labeled this way. She keeps wondering what that word means and it causes her unrest. Then, her aunt explains the meaning behind her name. She describes the struggles Hope’s ancestors went through to achieve what they have today (ex. Immigration, slavery, civil right…etc....more
Identity is a big issue for children of bi-racial heritage and Isabell Monk does a wonderful job showing through Hope’s story that every child is special and should be proud of their mixed heritage. Most children with parents that are from different ethnicities or cultures can relate to Hope and probably have gone through some of the problems that society creates for people of mixed heritage. This is the perfect book for children to learn that they are wonderful, they are beautiful and they have...more
Dec 02, 2013 Melody Richardson rated it 5 of 5 stars
A young girl spends the weekend with her Aunt Poogee and hears someone call her 'mixed'. She doesn't understand why she gets called that and she gets a wonderful answer from her aunt. She learns the history of her name, and of the struggles her family went through to be able to be what it is today. A wonderful celebration of two races joining in one family to embody the hope their families always had. This book hits home with me because I went through similar situations when I was young. Its imp...more
This book has beautiful illustrations. I love books that have an older family member telling the younger child stories that are full of culture. Everytime I am around my older family members I ask lots of questions because i learn so much about my history. In this book Hope was able to learn information about herself that she never knew. It also explores her biracial roots. This book gives you a warm feeling and would be nice to have in the family collection.
Found at the library, a family story that's sweet about a little girl named Hope who visits a beloved Great Aunt Poogee. The story considers the fact the girl is a mixed-race child, & does it well. Her aunt gives her good advice to answer, "I am generations of faith 'mixed' with lots of love! I am Hope!" The illustrations are terrific.