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Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad?

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  16 reviews
An illustrated story of an African American boy who comes to appreciate his dark skin by learning about his African heritage from his grandfather.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Culture Co-Op (first published January 1st 1995)
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Abbery Milhouse-cunningham
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: race-textset
Montsho, a young African American child, is the main character in this rich and meaningful story. Throughout the book, he reflected and questioned the negative connotations of the color black (ex. black worn to funerals, a black eye, black sheep). His Grandpa (Rufus) addressed and answered his questions by orally telling him about the history of his race. His Grandpa painted the color black as beautiful, through his words, songs, and deeds. He encourages Montsho to never look down upon his race, ...more
Leah Edel
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Montsho, a young African American child, believes that everything that is black is bad, because that’s how the world seems. When you go to funerals you wear black, when two people are fighting the evil one is always black, then things burn they turn black, and much more. So, one day Montsho asked his dad if everything that is black is bad. His grandpa explained to him that no it does not have to do with the outside or the color of things, its all about what is on the inside. Then his gra
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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J-Lynn Van Pelt
The purpose of this book is clear, to counteract the negative messages that African American children internalize about their skin color. It lists all the ways society dichotomizes black and white imagery through the questions of a young boy. Then, his gradfather takes him on a journey where he tells the boy about his "heritage." The book describes the beauty of Africa and explains how Africans contributed to world history which leads to the chant, "Be proud of your black skin and the love you h ...more
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
- This book is about a young African American boy names Montsho who asks his father about their skin color, black. His grandfather then explains to him that the color black is not bad and tells him the history behind their heritage. At the end when Montsho also asks if White Americans also have a heritage, the story ends with the grandpa telling Montsho about the heritage of White Americans. This book builds on equality and race, telling children that no race is superior over the other as we are ...more
Becky Birtha
Here's a positive book, providing an answer to a question that will come up, sooner or later, in the life of a black child. The book has some weaknesses, such as unevenness, and comes across like a self-published book (the end-papers include phone numbers for ordering additional copies, and promote the author's visits and book signings), but there's plenty of information to answer the question raised by the title, in both the words and the colorful illustrations. ...more
Dec 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: youth-literature
Although the beginning poem is pleasant and thought-provoking, the rest of the book devolves into something nonsensical. For the first ten pages, two couplets comprise the entire text of each page, but suddenly the author switches to length paragraphs, switching narrators almost constantly. Definitely not a well-structured book!
Ashley Correll
Mar 07, 2010 rated it liked it
A young African American child poses the question "Is everything black bad?" to his grandfather after he notices some items in society which are black are associated with dark, evil, scary or bad things. The grandfather takes the boy through a historical journey that reassures him otherwise and helps him to appreciate his own skin color. ...more
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
When I first started reading it, I thought how sad, this is depressing. As I kept reading though, I realize as African-American children inundated by the media, this is the subliminal message received. Overall, the book was an introduction into the dialog of where we came from as a people. It was not heavy, but age appropriate for a child.
Jan 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Children are inquisitive by nature. Help children young and old discover the beauty of the color black with it's rich ancestral history. ...more
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Definitely helps with anti-bias and self pride teaching. Love this book.
Guadalupe Ramirez
I loved this book it sends a powerful message to everyone, to be proud of your heritage and to love yourself.
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written book.
Amy Cobbs
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: multi-cultural
This book is sure to capture your heart
Jillian Heise
Important message, but very text heavy book (even in spots it doesn't need to be - like setting the scene paragraph that can be seen just from the picture and pulls out of the story) ...more
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