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The Skin I'm in: A First Look at Racism a First Look at Racism

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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Racial discrimination is cruel--and especially so to younger children. This title encourages kids to accept and be comfortable with differences of skin color and other racial characteristics among their friends and in themselves. "A First Look At " is an easy-to-understand series of books for younger children. Each title explores emotional issues and discusses the question ...more
Paperback, 29 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Barron's Educational Series (first published 2003)
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Michelle
Grade/interest level: Pre-K
Reading level: N/A possible 2.1
Genre: Informational Text
Main Characters: N/A
Setting: N/A
POV: 3rd pov
The Skin I’m In is an informational book that introduces young children to the concepts of race, culture, racism, and fairness. This book does not directly refer to any particular race or culture, but the illustrations feature children of all backgrounds and ethnicities. This book provides definitions of culture and race, and asks children to ponder questions regarding r
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Georgette Quinn
Great introduction to racism. I read this to my daughter when she was in kindergarten. I think this would be a great classroom book. Unfortunately most people are afraid of the topic so I doubt it is read in many classrooms. Also the kids that can benefit the most will probably never read this.
Kristen Lindsay
"The skin I'm In" reveals the cruelness of discrimination based on ones race. This book reminds children of how to accept individuals of different skin color and racial characteristics. This book is an simple story line that encourages students to accept all regardless of ones physical features. The book shares stories of emotional distress one endures while trying to be accepted in terms of race. I feel that teachers can use this book to explain to students that we all must learn to accept each ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
An introduction to the basic concepts of racism that provides young readers with opportunities to reflect, ask questions, learn acceptance, and how they could respond if they experience or witness racism.

Thomas includes a guide for adults in the back of the book to offer suggestions on how to use this book with this children. Illustrations reflect a variety of races so readers are sure to find someone to connect with.
James Mead
An interesting book which describes what racism is and gives examples. I would have liked more reasons to be given as to why racism is wrong and maybe this would have made it more appropriate for students. The message is great that racism is wrong and should not be allowed but young children need to understand why not just told and expected to believe it.
Cara
Nice introduction to racism and why it's wrong. Unfortunately, the people who would benefit from this the most will probably never read it.

This seems like it would be good in the classroom.
Reena
This is a good book to start talking with young children about racism. Reading it is opening a lot of converstation between me and my 4-year old daughter.
Jen Chau
my new favorite kids' book. :)
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