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Black, White, Just Right!

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"Mama's face is chestnut brown . . . Papa's face turns pink in the sun . . . My face? I look like both of them. A little dark, a little light. Mama and Papa say, 'Just right!'" This simple story celebrates how the differences between one mother and father blend to make the perfect combination in their daughter. Full-color illustrations.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Albert Whitman & Company
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Gayle Swift
Jul 18, 2016 Gayle Swift rated it really liked it
Introduces us to a multi-racial family; Mom is black and dad is white. Told through a young girl's words, the reader learns various ways she is a blend of the differences between her parents: race, personality, size, music preferences, etc. For example, Dad's got a taste for rap. Mom prefers ballet. Mom bustles. Dad strolls. Mom enjoys African art while dad likes Modern Art.
The little girl discovers that her preferences are a blend of both her parents; she's able to appreciate her mixed heritage
Christina Venturelli
Mar 05, 2015 Christina Venturelli rated it really liked it
In this juvenile nonfiction children’s book, it is about a mom who is African American and a dad who is Caucasian and they have a daughter that is bi-racial. In the story it talks about what the mom likes to do and what the dad likes to do and how their daughter is mixture of them both…she’s “just right!” I love this children’s book, because this book can relate to many families who do have a bi-racial child. This book helps children who are bi-racial and wonder why they may look that way. For e ...more
Mar 14, 2015 Jazzmyne rated it really liked it
This book is nice for elementary. This book should be read aloud to Pre-K and Kindergarten, by First grade this book can be read independently with little assistance. Pictures on every page, short sentence structure easier for students to grasp. The message is easy to grasp. Overall this book is great when teaching children to love themselves and about diversity. The author wrote this book for her two grand children who are biracial. Great illustrations that corresponds with the words. Some ques ...more
Olympia Searcy
Oct 19, 2016 Olympia Searcy rated it really liked it
This book is a realistic fiction book about a bi-racial little girl, with a white dad and black mom. This book relates to my topic, because it shows the little girl exploring her and her family's hair, her and her family's skin, her parent’s cultures and what it means to her. She talks about all the different things she loves to do and what her parents like to do also, giving good representation of their cultures and hers as a multiracial child. Also by telling us what her family enjoys we get m ...more
Michelle Marcano
Mar 31, 2013 Michelle Marcano rated it it was amazing
Davol, Marguerite W., and Irene Trivas. Black, White, Just Right. Morton Grove, IL: A. Whitman, 1993.

Subgroup: multiracial

Genre: Fiction

Topic: Families, Multicultural

Synopsis: This book describes a little girl whose mother is black and father is white. The little girl states that she is "halfway in between and just right". The story compares the activities the little girl's parents like to do with those activities the little girl enjoys doing. She states that although her parents are different i
Tiffany Wideman
This story is about a interracial family from the perspective of a child. The narrator who is the daughter of an African American woman and Caucasian man narrates the events of a day out with her parents. The author Marguerite Davol, captures the voice of a child as she describes her parents and herself (ex. Mama's face is chestnut brown, papa's face turns pink in the sun, my face? i look like both of them-a little dark, a little light), and also as she describes the things her and her parents d ...more
Keri Denin Milam
This narrative tells the story of a little girl whose parents are biracial. The girl, who is the narrator of the story, explains that her “Mama’s face is chestnut brown” and that her “Papa’s face turns pink in the sun.” Her face, however, looks “like both of them- a little dark, a little light.” She proceeds to say that her parents tell her this is “just right!” The author, Marguerite W. Davol, captures the voice of a child as she describes all the differences, including physical traits (“black ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing
The main character is a biracial girl with a black mother and white father. She describes herself as “ halfway in between and just right!” The narrative describes the family’s different activities and how everything is just perfect the way it is. The story compares the activities her parents love to do with the activities the little girl loves to do (“Mama walks along the street… Papa likes to dawdle and stroll and I race like a rabbit” “Mama stares at African masks…Papa goes for modern art…my c ...more
Sam Grace
I did not like this book. The illustrations were good, and the rhymes fine, and I should have known before I opened it. The whole idea of this book is that the little girl is perfect because she's got some of her mother's traits and some of her father's. I'm sure that the idea is to build up biracial kids' self-esteem who feel they don't belong anywhere. And yet, the premise totally ignores what actually contributes to these issues. The book pretends to be colorblind in every way but physical tr ...more
Oct 22, 2013 Marina rated it it was amazing
This book brings up a concept of a mixed family . There is a confident girl, who describes her African American mother's face as "chestnut brown", "her dark brown eyes are bright as bees." Her father, on the other hand, "turns pink in the sun" his blue eyes squinch up when he smiles. My face? I look like both of them a little dark, a little light. Mama and Papa say, `Just right!'" I think , that this is a fantastic book because the author makes such a good choice of simple words that facilitates ...more
Sep 20, 2014 Carla_murdock503 rated it really liked it
I like the book because it tells the story of a biracial child who grows very confident of what kind of family she comes from. She is also proud of her parents coming from two different cultures where the color of the skin is not a hindrance to love and live but it's just right.The story also tells us that each one of them is unique that includes the child's parents whom they have different interests even the food they eat but it's just right.
Micaela Knott
Oct 18, 2016 Micaela Knott rated it it was amazing
This picture book does a wonderful job of telling a story about an interracial family. The story is told from the eyes of a little girl; she explains all the things her mom and dad likes to do (their hobbies, the food they order, and even how they look). The book does a good job of explaining how even though they mom and day may look different, they are all still a family, and the little girl is a mixture of both her mom and dad! This book goes along well with my text set of different families b ...more
Oct 29, 2012 Mimi rated it liked it
Black, White, Just Right is about a little girl whose parents are biracial. Her mother is Black and her father is White and to them, she’s the perfect combination of them both. She tells of different things she does with her parents, and how they’re different. She likes things that both of her parents enjoy, which makes her just right. Marguerite Davol, the author of this book shares a piece of her family’s lifestyle in this book. Her son’s wife is from Kenya so her two grandchildren are just ri ...more
Feb 16, 2015 Serena rated it it was amazing
This was a really great book about a little girl with a black mother and a white father. She talked about the different things each parent loves and does. Kudos to the author on making the father the hip hop lover and not going the stereotypical route because black people love many other types of music too. I'll definitely have to read this again to my daughter when she is older.
Molly Alexander
Mar 09, 2015 Molly Alexander rated it really liked it
This book is all about self celebration! The young character in this book is aware of her appearance and that she is a unique blend. The descriptive language used to explain the appearance of her parents, along with the colorful illustrations gives great perspective. The young girl in this story is reflecting and on her own mix of both parents and how she a representation of both of them. I think this book could be a great piece for the classroom and remember to embrace he differences in us all. ...more
Hannah Melberg
Apr 15, 2013 Hannah Melberg rated it it was ok
This book was about a young girl who has one black mom and one black dad. The story is told from the little girl’s point of view and her daily life living with parents of different cultures. She talks about their skin color and how her skin is right in the middle of theirs or "just right." How her mama and her take ballet lesson and her father and her dance to rap but when she dances she uses a combination of both styles and her parents say that’s "just right." At the very end of the story there ...more
Shakila Lightfoot
Apr 03, 2013 Shakila Lightfoot rated it really liked it
Davol, M. W., & Trivas, I. (1993). Black, white, just right. Morton Grove, Ill.: A. Whitman.
Subgroup: Interracial Families
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Topic: Skin Tone, Interracial parents, Individuality
Synopsis: This book shows an example of a young lady’s parents who are an interracial couple and come together to make a beautiful little girl. The little girls talks about how her mother is “brown” African American and her father face is “pink” Caucasian. I believe this book sheds light on a bir
Papatia Feauxzar
Oct 16, 2016 Papatia Feauxzar rated it it was amazing
The plot needs more work but the delivery is good. Not bad as It's a good book for mixed race children to learn what they are and be proud of it.
Davol, M. (1993). Black, White, Just Right! Parkridge, IL: Albert Whitman and Company.

Topic: Family
Subtopic: Interracial children-Black/White
Genre: Juvenile NonFiction

This is a book about being bi-racial. The main character is a little girl who is biracial. Her Father is white and her mother is black. The book talks about the different physical traits that she gets from both parents and also mentions the differences that her parents have in being different races. In the end she feels that being
Felicia Mcdowell
Davol, M. (1993). Black, White, Just Right! Morton Grove, Illinois: Albert Whitman & Company.
Subgroup: interracial family
Genre: Individuality-Fiction
Topics: skin tones, interracial parents, parents differences
Synopsis: This book is about a girl that describes the differences her two parents have. She has a black mother and a white father and she tells how she is different from them. The other differences of the little girl’s parents are their tastes in art, in food, and in pets
Jan 11, 2014 Mandy rated it liked it
Shelves: biracial-babies
My children enjoy this book because it depicts a multiracial family. The author doesn't really delve deep into multiracial issues and I think there is something one dimensional about the authors grasp of the issue, but it is a nice book overall.
Megan Brooks
Oct 21, 2013 Megan Brooks rated it liked it
This story is about mixed child who tells the story of her two parents. The author uses very descriptive words such as “Mama’s face is chestnut brown”. The author also uses rhyme throughout the story. As a teacher I would use this book to break down stereotypes and teach diversity. For example the child father is white and loves rap music. Marguerite is a grandmother of bi-racial children. Irene Trivas does a great job with water color and the illustrations are bright.
Aug 02, 2016 Alex rated it liked it
I agree with the other reviewer who said the author seemed to have a bit of a one-dimensional grasp on being a mixed-race kid and part of an interracial family (which, considering the author is apparently the white grandmother of two mixed children, makes sense). While the baseline sentiment of the book is a good one, I think there are better books out there about the same subject.
Oana Cerchezan
Aug 23, 2012 Oana Cerchezan rated it it was ok
Shelves: family, diversity
This book is a great book that teaches children about the diversity.It teaches them that just because two people look differently, that they are not the same as everybody else.A great activity to do with the kids would be to have a group discussion about how they think their family is different or what is unique about them.They can bring in pictures or just talk about it.
Apr 15, 2013 Grace rated it really liked it
I would give this book 4 stars. This is a great book for children who are wondering about the different colors of skins. You can use this story to let them know that the color of skin doesn't matter because there can be a family with 3 different colors of skin, but they are still a family. I would recommend this book to 1st-3rd graders.
Alana Graham
Mar 07, 2011 Alana Graham rated it liked it
Shelves: diversity, rhyming, family
I like the idea of this book, and it would be effective in making some students feel proud about of their family and their diversity. It would be much more interesting and effective if the characters talked more about their experiences being a diverse family rather than simply saying that everything is "just right."
Chenoa Brown
Apr 12, 2011 Chenoa Brown rated it it was amazing
A great book to read to students to enforce loving oneself with the beauty, flaws and alls! A little girl tell the reader about her bi-racial family. The good and the bad, but she also tells about the things they do disregard their stereotypes. Great book again and a must read!
Good read to Kindergarten to 2nd grade
Laree Brown
I simply loved this book! In this book a biracial girl talks about how her parents are different in color; but are just right. This is an excellent book and I would read it in my class while teaching a unit on family.
Azriana Johnson
Apr 22, 2013 Azriana Johnson rated it it was ok
Shelves: ece-3601
This could be used to teach diversity. However, we have to be extremely sensitive when sending messages like this. Overall, it is a good story; especially helpful for biracial students.
Lorraine Robinson
Dec 02, 2012 Lorraine Robinson rated it it was amazing
This book can be used for:
- disscusion on differnt types of families
- multi racial families
- help build self esteem
- easy read
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