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You Be Me, I'll Be You

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  35 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Anna explores the questions and yearnings she has about her identity by switching skin colors with her white father. The result is joyous and inspiring!
Paperback, 34 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by Kane/Miller Book Publishers (first published January 1st 1989)
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Sarah Hannah
Let's talk about the good. This is a story about a mixed race girl that is not overtly about Overcoming Racism In A Feel-Good Manner, and that is points. Also, I like the illustrations, and I also like that it is about dad-and-daughter time, and it even appears that the father is the homemaker and primary caregiver, and how often do we see that in books?

I really want to laugh at how much fun they are having, in the laugh-with way. Letting his daughter do his hair like that, not simply spouting p
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Kati Walsh
Nov 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book has the white father practicing BLACKFACE. Honestly, blackface in a children's book. This book should be pulled from every library everywhere. There are so many beautiful books out there that celebrate identity and empower children of color, this is not one of them.
Elizabeth
Jul 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picturebooks, race
At the "Multicultural Children’s Literature for Joy and Justice" Meetup, after the children's librarian leading the session gave us a series of guidelines to be attentive to (illustrations: stereotypes, tokenism, who's powerful/active, invisibility; storyline: standards for success, resolution of problems, depiction of family; #ownvoices; etc.), we broke into small groups and the children's librarian passed out a mix of books -- some with good representation, some with less good.

This book is wei
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Abbery Milhouse-cunningham
Throughout this fictional story, a young girl (Anna) and her father embark upon a journey that leads to self-acceptance. Anna, a multiracial child, informed her dad that she wants his white pale skin and straight hair. She was dissatisfied with her afro-hair and brown skin that she inherited from her mother. Her father counteracted her wishes by painting his skin the color of hers and manipulating his hair to look like hers. After several events, Anna realized that people of every race are not s ...more
Vanessa Maeda
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Main Characters: Anna and her father
Setting: In the city/ home
POV: unknown narrator

Summary:
The main character of this book, Anna, is a biracial child who does not like the dark color of her skin and her nappy curly hair. Anna’s father tells her that he has never really like his white pale skin and straight hair. He says to Anna that he wishes he could be darker, like her. Anna and her father then decide to trade colors. The father rubs coffee beans around his face to darken his skin and Anna pat
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Courtney
Mar 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Based on the description of this book, I expected much better. I think the Library School Journal review sums up my feelings nicely:

"PreSchool-Grade 1-- Anna, the child of a biracial couple, doesn't like her curly hair or dark skin. Her father insists he has never liked his pale skin and straight hair, and that he wishes he could be darker, like Anna. The child and father then "trade colors" by using coffee ground to darken his face and flour to lighten hers. The two then go out to meet Anna's m
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Irene Perez
Nov 19, 2012 rated it liked it
You be me I’ll be you
Author:Pilli Mandelbaum
Main characters: Anna and her father
Setting: In a city
POV: narrator
Summary: Anna is not happy with her physical appearance. When brown Anna tells Daddy that she would rather be white like him, he makes a game of letting her color his face with coffee and powdering hers with flour. They walk around their neighborhood and bump into Mama. Mama, who is black, is not amused and suggests showers for both; but not before Anna has noticed white women having
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Victoria Moore
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Pili Mandelbaum's "You Be Me I'll Be You" is a profound and fascinating children's book illuminating the issue that interracial children sometimes face when they look different from others, especially if one of their parents is White and the other is African-American. The way Anna's father deals with her feelings of being unattractive is touching and intelligent. "Originally published in Belgium" the feel of the illustrations and the text are very textual and appealing. When her father becomes ...more
Bianca
Nov 17, 2012 added it
You be me I’ll be you
Author:Pilli Mandelbaum
Main characters: Anna and her father
Setting: In a city
Pov: unknown narrator
Summary: Anna is not happy with her physical appearance. When brown Anna tells Daddy that she would rather be white like him, he makes a game of letting her color his face with coffee and powdering hers with flour. They walk around their neighborhood and bump into Mama. Mama, who is black, is not amused and suggests showers for both; but not before Anna has noticed white women
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Velita
Mandelbaum, P. (1993). You Be Me, I'll Be You. La Jolla, CA: Kane/Miller Book Publishers.

Topic: Interracial
Subtopic: African American and White
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

This book explores the feeling of Anna, a biracial child who is not happy with her physical appearance. Her mother is black and her father is white. Anna's complexion is brown and she isn't too comfortable in her skin so she tells her dad that she would rather be white like him. The father makes a game of letting her color his face
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Amanda Sullivan
This book is about a father trying to explain to his daughter why they look different, but that it is okay. It has a great message and would be a great book for a lesson but for a lesson parents need to have with their children. I would not use this book in my classroom. There is too many boundaries that could potentially be crossed by this book, and I would not want to risk that.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This is such a cute book. A white father and his black daughter decide to trade places for the day. The father even fixes his hair in little braids like his daughter, and she tries to wear his suit. Recommended!
Courtney
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-morocco
This book nearly made me cry. It's about a young girl whose father is white and mother is black and an afternoon she spends with her dad after she tells him she doesn't think she's pretty. It's pretty wonderful.
Zahra
Feb 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
i learned that it is always good to be yourself.
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