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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807507857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807507858
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ages 2-5. A mixed-race child celebrates the rich inclusiveness of her life in a joyful picture book. Mama's face is chestnut brown, Papa's face turns pink in the sun, the child's a little dark, a little light, "Just right!" Each double-page spread shows how members of the family are individuals with likes and dislikes, hobbies and habits that move beyond stereotype. Mom orders vegetarian; Dad orders ribs and bagels; the child likes it all. Mom does ballet; Dad dances to rap. Mom likes African masks; Dad goes for modern art; the child loves the Egyptian part of the museum. Each page has a rhyming refrain that ends, "just right." In keeping with the upbeat text, Trivas' energetic gouache illustrations are full of movement and affection. Hazel Rochman

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The narrator enumerates qualities inherited from her parents--a face that's ``a little dark, a little light,'' somewhere between Mama's ``chestnut brown'' and Papa's fair skin; hair that's ``halfway in-between'' blond and black. When it comes to likes and activities, she shares with both (Mama's ballet, Papa's dancing to rap), sets her own agenda (each has a favorite museum exhibit), or goes beyond both parents (wishing for not just one dog or cat but ``dozens of pets''). A useful but predictable offering, with an idea that's developed with care and intelligence. Trivas's freely rendered art portraying this happy family of three is upbeat and attractive. A photo of the author with her ``just-right'' grandchildren (also evidently from an interracial family) is included. (Picture book. 3-8) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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My 4 year old (bi-racial) son really enjoys this book.
Ursula S
Simple text with rhyme and readable cadence makes this an enjoyable read for a preschool classroom.
P. Heaphy
I am glad that there are more books for families with charcters that their children can relate to.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1999
Format: Library Binding
I am a Haitian-American woman married to an Italian-Americanman. While we don't have children of our own yet, his daughter fromhis previous marriage to an Italian woman enjoys the book tremendously. It helps her to appreciate differences in others as something wonderful. END
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2003
Format: Library Binding
My 4yr old daughter loves to have this read to her. She used to identify with herself as I'm "BOTH" (black & white), now she says "she's just right too". It's so light and age appropriate, while touching on the differences and similiarities of others. I love that the diffrences that are pointed out in this book between the mommy and daddy are not stereotyped by a the like's or dislike's of the black/white race. Beatiful illustrations and catchy rhymes. A definete must get.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. Heaphy on May 21, 2002
Format: Library Binding
Simple text with rhyme and readable cadence makes this an enjoyable read for a preschool classroom. The little girl enjoys many things with her black mother and white father, AND has many tastes and interests of her own. A bi-racial girl in my class was immediately drawn to this story, as were other children who simply enjoyed the story.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 11, 2005
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What a wonderful story! I wish I had this book when I was a child. The protagonist is a beautiful little girl whose mother is black and her father is white. She describes their differences in color, but they are united in love. She describes how her color is "just right." What a gentle and lovely way to explain the physical racial differences, similarities and self identity and pride.

My favorite uncle who was a very astute man used to say, "God mixes and adds more colors so there are more colors to love. Birds, butterflies, flowers and peacocks have all these beautiful colors and God picked our colors for us as well. He wanted more beauty for the world, so He was always thinking up more beautiful colors to add to it."

I also recommend "David's Drawing," "Colors Come From God Just Like Me," "The Two Mrs. Gibsons," a book about a beautiful little girl whose mother is Japanese and her father is black and "How My Parents Learned to Eat," another delightful book about a bi-racial child and the two cultures she happily shares. This book deserves a place of honor! It is for everybody!
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful By MopedLad on May 3, 2000
Format: Library Binding
This book remains one of the most consistently re-read books in my 6 year old daughter's substantial book collection. Thanfully devoid of the prevailing liberal viewpoint that you "are what society sees you as" the book calmly reinforces the concept that it is quite okay for mixed race children to celebrate their ENTIRE racial and cultural background.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ursula S on August 18, 2004
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My 4 year old (bi-racial) son really enjoys this book. It is nice to have a story with a diverse family. I am glad that it mentions race only briefly and shows that it is just another difference in their (& our) lives...just as their size, tastes and talents are different. The prose is a little mature for him and I have to explain what most of it means after each page...but he still loves it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 1998
Format: Library Binding
Description of parents and child, their personal likes, and disklikes told in upbeat, honest, and rhyming context!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elisa's Mom on November 15, 2007
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We began reading this book to my daughter when she was 16-months-old. Within a few weeks, she would say with us, at the end of the page:"Just right!" Even at this age, toddlers can interact with the story by pointing to objects that they recognize, such as the balloon, the cat, and the dog, the mom and the dad, as you read the story. I imagine she'll continue to enjoy the book for years to come.
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