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A FIRST
LOOK AT . . .
BOOK
The Skin I?m In
A FIRST LOOK AT RACISM

Racial discrimination is cruel?and especially so to younger children. This title encourages kids to accept and be comfortable with differences of skin color and other racial characteristics among their friends and in themselves.

Written by psychotherapist and counselor Pat Thomas, these superb advice books promote interaction among children, parents, and teachers on personal, social, and emotional issues.

Books in the series:
Don?t Call Me Special -- a first look at disability
I Can Be Safe -- a first look at safety
I Miss You -- a first look at death
Is It Right to Fight? -- a first look at anger
May Amazing Body -- a first look at health and fitness
My Brother, My Sister, and Me -- a first look at sibling rivalry
My Family?s Changing -- a first look at family break-up
My Friends and Me -- a first look at friendship
My Family -- a first look at adoption
Stop Picking on Me -- a first look at bullying
The Skin I?m In -- a first look at racism

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Series: A First Look at...Series
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764124595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764124594
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Pat is a trained psychotherapist, naturopath and journalist. After working as a journalist and broadcaster in the USA, she now works in the field of child development and writes for various publications including 'Practical Parenting'.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Crawford on July 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent addition to a child's library. I have a different perspective from the previous reviewers, in that I think it is correct to say that although all people can express prejudice - "racism" is an oppressive act committed within a dominant culture and creates real barriers our institutions as well as our personal lives - and has a very different effect on peoples lives than hurtful personal expressions of prejudice from members of minority communities. Although prejudice and racial teasing and bullying are certainly hurtful and destructive - I think the book, and its direct questions to the readers, and its illustrations do an excellent job describing such complicated subjects to young children.

There are illustrations of kids of color looking at magazines of blond-haired, blue eyed princesses, there are images which show an Islamic man uncomfortable with his grandson playing with children of Euro-american children, there are illustrations which depict subtler forms of racism other than explicit racist bullying (a man giving more ice cream to a child of the same race)

I am a clinical social worker who works with adoptees, and a white adoptive mother to Korean American children, and my kids found this book extremely helpful through pre K and kindergarten, when awareness of difference and race begins to be experienced on the playgrounds. They often asked to read it, and both asked for help from a grown up right away when they were teased about their race in pre-school. Our family has been very grateful for this book and I highly recommend it.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Moran on December 3, 2010
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The book was a straightforward, easy read. But it pointed out, pictured and labeled certain people as being a "racist". Any one is susceptible to dealing with racist attitudes. I would like to see the attitude of racism being dealt with rather than labeling another human. This seems to promote the very exclusionary attitude the book is supposedly trying to deal with.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Icem Benamu on May 21, 2010
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I like the fact that this book gives an example of how to address a hiden racist behavior while at the same time teaching how to seek for advice and help. My 4 year old loves this book.
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22 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Megan Deperro on March 26, 2008
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While I happen to work with Black students (only 1 white student) I know that Black children go through racism on a daily basis, more than any other racial group. However, even my 8yr. old Black students are aware and have said aloud there ARE Black, Latino, etc. racists. I was disappointed again to see a book where only white males are the racists, not a Latino man or a Black female. It was nice the text said any1 can be racist, but the illustrations did not support this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathy on April 21, 2014
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great little text to get children thinking and appreciating other cultures
my class thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book and many activities can be
integrated into the story
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