- ISBN-10: 0982883803
- ISBN-13: 978-0982883808
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,888,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Named among the "books to change your life" by N'Digo Magazine. This is an extraordinary small book, with a big mission...for kids, teens, adults, everyone. The illustrated OPEN & SHUT stories literally flip preconceptions about 'race', and all other appearance-based judgments, UPSIDE-DOWN! The double-sided book, with its delightful illustrations of the Shut and Open families, flips from one 'case' to the other, arriving at two thought-provoking conclusions that forever change the snap judgments we make about one another. Also includes a double-sided companion book with a discussion guide and the tale of how this extraordinary story was born. In a surprising, unique and easy fashion, the books inspire re-evaluation of these and other questions: Is 'race' and 'open and shut' case? Is it a black and white issue? What is 'race' and how many 'races' are there? Why does teasing and excluding happen? What is a family? Can we judge a book by its cover? This is the book to reach for before children bump into stereotyping, when a child wonders why he or she or a friend is being teased, when a hate-motivated attack happens in a community, or when we realize the need to re-evaluate the words and stereotypes that commonly divide us. It is engaging and ideal for children who are coming to these issues for the first time. It's also a great story for blended families and diverse classrooms, and even for adults, inspiring them to look at these matters with fresh eyes. Both double-sided volumes (4 stories, total) are packaged together, as a set, in a silver sleeve. The author is recipient of the Spirit of Anne Frank Award, for her work focusing on the universal experience of what she calls "appearance-ism" (appearance-based judging of ourselves and others), as a core issue to inspire everyone to combat all types of bias.