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Vanilla and Chocolate/Vainilla y Chocolate

(Lessons for Living #1)

4.89  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Vanilla And Chocolate was written to help children understand the virtue of "Tolerance." This virtue gives a fair attitude toward those whose opinions, race, religion, and customs differ from one's own. Race does not matter as long as you tolerate and appreciate each other's differences.
Paperback, 20 pages
Published October 15th 2012 by Wrb Publishing
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Ann Morris
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a treat to read! Maritza Martinez Mejia writes her book about racial acceptance in English and Spanish. Two young school friends are one white (called Vanilla) and one black (called Chocolate) but don't notice or care about the race difference. The parents of Vanilla learn about the interaction and ban their son from playing with Chocolate. Their socially aware teacher (Mrs. M) learns of this issue and plans a special occasion for the class to gather with their parents: Black and White Day. ...more
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Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A sensational exemplar written in both English and Spanish dealing with the simplest form of racism. What better piece of material to use in a classroom setting to demonstrate and handle acceptance and tolerance of others than Vanilla and Chocolate: Black & White Family Day.

The story revolves around two boys, "one white and the other black." The author characterizes the boys as Vanilla and Chocolate, a gentler form and a non-offensive depiction in handling the issue of prejudice.

The young
Gayle Swift
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Increasingly, adoptive families have come to understand the importance of talking about race, of awakening ourselves to the subtleties of white privilege, microagressions and how color blindness is a misguided solution to racism. Chocolate & Vanilla, illustrated by Estella Mejia and written by Maritza Mejia, explores racism for readers ages 5-8. A teacher, Mrs. M, notices that Vanilla and Chocolate, two former friends no longer play with each other. She learns this is because Vanilla's ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Vanilla and Chocolate is a bilingual story book written both in English and Spanish for children; that not only helps them to discover the meaning of being tolerant towards others but also teaches them the joy of friendship. Vanilla and Chocolate, are friends but simply because they become from a “Black and White” background Vanilla’s parents didn’t want them to play together. Their teacher invents the Family Day so when both families meet the situation changes and they are all happy together. ...more
Janet Balletta
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book that teaches a strong message of tolerance and acceptance. I read this book to my students and they absolutely loved it. After reading the book, we brainstormed different ways to make new students feel welcome in school or other settings. The illustrator did an excellent job of capturing the character's facial expressions in this story. I highly recommend this book for children of all ages!
Eugenia Chu
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This simple, yet important, story about overcoming racism is written in both English and Spanish. The story is about two young friends, one white (Vanilla) and the other black (Chocolate). Vanilla’s parents do not want him to associate with children of other races. The astute teacher notices this and organizes a family day event for her students and their parents. At the event, Vanilla’s parents see the bond between the boys and realize they were wrong to prohibit Vanilla from playing with ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A simple tale of friendship between children. It helps remind us that discrimination is not a part of a child's early life unless we lead them there.

Two children who are best friends are separated for reasons unsaid but their teacher believes she can solve any problem by bringing the families together. It seems her plan works.

A good read for children and adults. It also incorporates some fun pictures and English or Spanish translations for reading. I enjoyed.
Maritza Mejia
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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I wrote this book to teach children the value of tolerance and the importance to embrace differences. It is also a lesson for adults. I recommend this book.
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