With rhymed couplets and goofy illustrations, this parable attempts to teach that love looks beyond superficial differences. Reitano, an educator and speaker, asks, "What if the zebras/ lost their stripes,/ and some lost black/ and some lost white?" Would the zebras recognize their common identity, or would they begin to notice their new differences in color and start to fight? Would they move to separate lands, or would the young zebras be allowed to laugh and play together? Reitano raises the stakes with each new possibility of the choices the zebras might make. Though Haines's vibrant colors add warmth to the illustrations, the animals' human-like expressions are jarring. This simplistic tale about overcoming differences and achieving harmony overlooks the deeper ramifications of racism. Ages 4-up.
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An ingenious look at prejudice, profound in its simplicity. Reitano and Haines should be commended - this book is flawless! -- Children Magazine, by Elaine Gant, February 1999
The rhythm and the bright and lively illustrations will draw most readers to the book again and again. -- Denver Rocky Mountain News, by Natalie Soto, February 14, 1999
This parable about prejudice is charmingly written and delightfully illustrated. It is a worthy addition to classroom and home libraries. -- The Arizona Republic, by Beverly Medlyn, January 1999
Together with wonderful illustrations by William Haines, Reitano captures the essence and beauty of acceptance. A great springboard for discussion. -- The National Parenting Center
"What if the Zebras Lost Their Stipes?" should be required reading for every child - and adult too. The illustrations are wonderful!Published 18 months ago by Elizabeth Yale
Easy read for the beginner. Great message of change, diversity and acceptance . Colorful pictures well drawn and written. My newly reading grandson liked it very much.Published 19 months ago by Janet D. Ezell
This book takes on the topic of racism in a very simplistic but effective way. It has brought on some wonderful conversations between me and my 4 year old.Published on July 27, 2013 by Katherine Hudson
This book is a perfect way to introduce racial equality. The pictures demonstrate the text very well. My 3-year old loves this book, and wants to read it all the time.Published on June 24, 2013 by Lisa Williams
Used as an intro to an art lesson. Good book. I can't believe they require a minimum amount of words. Crazy. They want an opinion and then ask for so many words. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Janice Chassier
I find this book inappropriate for children. Children do not think of race or predjudices, it is taught. The entire emphasis of the book is racial. Read morePublished on December 16, 2008 by Asi Cit