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Two Mrs. Gibsons

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  86 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Two Mrs. Gibsons is author Toyomi Igus’s tender and touching tribute to the two most important women in her life, her Japanese mother and her African-American grandmother. In it, Toyomi celebrates the richness of growing up biracial. From her grandmother’s big bear hugs to her mother’s light caresses, from playing with her grandmother’s fancy Sunday-meetin’ hats to trying ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published July 20th 2001 by Children's Book Press (first published 1996)
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May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This story is about the author’s childhood growing up with two women in her family named Mrs. Gibson. The first Mrs. Gibson is her Japanese mother, who always has a pot of rice cooking and can make origami creatures from napkins. The other Mrs. Gibson is her grandmother, an African American minister from Tennessee who always has collard greens cooking and likes to sing. Both Mrs. Gibson’s have activities the author enjoyed doing with them, such as trying on kimonos and playing dress up. The pers ...more
Yasmeen Mills
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two Mrs. Gibsons by Toyomi Igus is a biography. In this text she describes memories of the two most important women in her life. She has an African American grandmother and her Japanese mother. Viola Gibson and Kazumi Gibson are opposites down to the way they hug her and she loves them both. She reminisces on things like her grandmother singing negro spirituals and her mother singing soft lullabies. Toyomi explores her ancestry the differences and similarities between the two cultures she’s apar ...more
Megan Ewald
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl who had two members in her family that were named Mrs. Gibson. On every page she compared and contrasted the two women. One was from Tennessee and one was born in Gifu, Japan. She included positives and negatives of both Mrs. Gibson's. The illustrations in this book are also very fitting of the story and help bring the story to life.

I loved reading this book because in the end she explains who the Gibson's are and tells us that even though they are different, they have
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I'm biracial from a multicultural family, so this would have been a great book for me to read as a child.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Although I appreciated that this was the author's experience growing up, I found her descriptions of the her mom and grandma to be problematically stereotypical.
Brandi Edwards
This is a fiction story about a biracial girl who knows two Mrs. Gibsons, one is her Japanese mother and the other is her African American grandmother. The two women are very different but each special in their own ways. There were lots of stereotypes in this book however it is based on the author’s real experiences and actual mother and grandmother, so it is difficult to review. Although they are stereotypes this is also the author’s perspective. The African American grandmother is big and loud ...more
This was a sweet and memorable book that illuminates cultural history on a personal level. It shows a great contrast between the matriarchs, and yet emphasizes how all ancestral contributions are meaningful and long-lasting. Not all kids will really get this, but I think the alternating descriptions will capture their interest regardless.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book talks about the girl's mother and grandmother and how they are different but have many similarities. It explains their cultures and how they do things differently. This book also has great illustrations that use both sides of the book.

I gave this book five stars because I love the illustrations and the text is simple for younger children to understand what is going on. I also like how the book brings in the cultural aspects for other children to learn about what’s similar and differen
Keri Denin Milam
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This narrative is a tribute from author Toyomi Igus to the two most important women in her life, her grandmother and her real mother (one Japanese and on African American.) The narrative tells a story of a little girl growing up with these two women, and the impact the women made in her life. The descriptive language the author uses to describe the two women is fantastic. One Mrs.Gibson is "Tall with skin the color of chocolate" whereas, the other Mrs.Gibson is "Small, with skin the color of van ...more
TWO MRS. GIBSONS….by Toyomi Igus, pictures by Daryl Wells, Children’s Books Press, 1996.

The Two Mrs. Gibsons is a sweet, loving story as told through the eyes of a young girl. She describes the differences between her grandmother, who is African American and her mother who is Japanese. The ‘adjectives that were used to describe the differences are what make this book so meaningful. She describes one Mrs. Gibson as “tall with skin the color of chocolate”. The other Mrs. Gibson is “small with skin
Megan Willis
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Two Mrs. Gibsons is Toyomi Igus' own touching tribute to her Japanese mother and African-American grandmother. This story celebrates the beauty of growing up in a multicultural family. The three main characters are young Toyomi, her grandmother, and her mother. Throughout the story, Toyomi experiences and loves the lifestyles that both women show her. She tries on her mom's kimonos and her grandma's big church hats. She waits hours for her grandma's mouthwatering soul food cooking and is impress ...more
Azriana Johnson
This narrative tells the story of a little girl growing up witht the two most important women in her life both named Mrs. Gibson (one Japanese and one African American). The narrator recalled the things each Mrs. Gibson did for her and how different the two women were. At the end of the story, the readers discover that the narrator is biracial and that the Japanese Mrs. Gibson is her mother and the African American Mrs. Gibson is her grandmother and they love her the same. The author, Toyomi Igu ...more
Griselda Mendez
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: text-set
Two Mrs. Gibsons is a story that many children in New York can relate to. The story is told by a young girl who had the fortune of living with two wonderful, yet very different women. On one side she has her Japanese mother and on the other, her African-American grandmother. Both women provide guidance for the young narrator who now remembers them with much love and respect. The story is actually told in retrospect so it would be a great tool for making inferences and for starting a conversation ...more
Michelle Pegram
Jun 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Told through the eyes of a young girl, Two Mrs. Gibsons alternates between her memories of the two women in her life who bore this name. One is a large black woman with a booming voice and the other is a small soft-spoken Japanese woman. It is not until the end of the book that you find out that the black woman is her grandmother and the Japanese is her mother.

I struggled with the rating of this book. This is based on the author's memories of her grandmother and her mother, and while it demonst
Lindsey Rogers
This story is about a little girl in an interracial family. Her father is African American, and so is his mother, Mrs. Gibson (the child's grandmother). Her mother is Japanese, but she is also Mrs. Gibson. The child is able to learn from both Mrs. Gibson's culture, habits, and traditions. The author, Toyomi Igus, does a great job disguising who the two Mrs. Gibsons are until the end of the story. I think that it makes the book more creditable that Igus is from an inter-racial family. The illustr ...more
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Personal Reaction: I think this book does a great job of showing the depth of multicultural families and I like it because it doesn't display their relationships until the last page in the book!

Purposes for Enrichment: It shows the value in multicultural families and how differences are beautiful.

Curricular Purposes: This would be great for teaching about bi-racial families and families that come from very different backgrounds. During a unit of cultural studies this book would be useful as it
Rachel Moulton
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: text-set
Two Mrs. Gibsons is told through the eyes of a young girl about an African American Mrs. Gibson and a Japanese Mrs. Gibson. The girl describes both Mrs. Gibsons in beautiful ways and helps you get to learn about each of them and how they are different. You are able to learn about Mrs. Gibsons’ cultures and identities through the narrator’s eyes. Read this book to find out who the two Mrs. Gibsons are and to discover their similarities and differences and how to confront multiple identities and e ...more
Mairead Lawyer
Apr 21, 2013 marked it as to-read
“Two Mrs. Gibsons” talks about the differences between a girl’s grandmother who is African American and her mother who is Japanese. It celebrates the beauty of growing up in a multicultural family and introduces readers to different ways they can embrace their own culture. It also shows that growing up in a new culture is not always easy, and why it is important to still embrace your indentity even in a new culture.
Pynteya Bate
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family, multicultural
This story impressed me !!! Two Mrs. Gobsons, one is the mother of a little girl who is Japanese, but the other is a Grandmother who is African American. Both of them are a part of one family even though their habits, looks, and cultures are different, but it does not stop them to love each other. Very unusual story, but very sweet. It teaches a lot about respect for each other and the differences in the people or their cultures.
Jan 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: african, asian
This book is unusual because I can place it on both my African and Asian bookshelves. It is a young girls description of two very different women, both named Mrs. Gibson. Each of the Mrs. Gibsons had wonderful, endearing qualities and the little girl loved both of them, The one Mrs. Gibson was the little girl's mother and was Japanese. The other Mrs. Gibson was the little girl's grandmother and was African-American.
Maddison Askew
This is a great cultural book. It follows a girl and the two favorite people in her life, her Japanese mom and African American grandmother. This is a beautiful book. It brings in two culturally different people but shows the things they have in common. This could be used to help children discover their backgrounds and see the many different kinds.
May 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a story (well, not much in the way of a plot...) about the author's mother and grandmother, and how through their differences they were, in many ways, the same.

There's not much of a story there, but still, I liked the book quite a bit.
Katrina Kim
* Read to introduce inter-racial relationships

* Introduces differences in cultures of the two Mrs. Gibsons, however, in the end their love is both unconditional.

* Introduce the Japanese and African-American culture. I will bring a Kimono as a live hands-on visual for the students

Anja Manning
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uwm-multi-741
This book is a statement of love for the author's African American grandmother and her Japanese mother, two women who were different in many ways, but also had lots in common, including their love for the author and her father.
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: younger-kids
This book is about a girl's mom and her grandma, both named Mrs. Gibsons.
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teacher-what-not
Memoir study book - this book was so cute. It is about a girl who has a Japanese mother and a Black grandmother and who they are different but that she loves them both.
I was unimpressed, but it is rare for a book to have an Asian and African American couple, so it's good for that.
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I read this with a student. It was great to see a book depiciting a multi-cultural family. :)
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