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4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book. But why is everybody WHITE?, July 3, 2002
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This review is from: One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale (Hardcover)
This book has many strong points. It features a strong and clever female heroine. It makes mathematics fun. The sumptuous illustratations imitate the style of Classical Indian miniatures. But I have a major reservation: all the characters appear Caucasian, with very white skin and very rosy cheeks, even though the book is set in India, and the characters wear Indian clothing. We bought this book for our daughter, whom we adopted from India. I wish that she could see in this book a brave and resourceful heroine who is BROWN like her.
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Initial post: Mar 15, 2009 10:00:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 15, 2009 10:03:49 PM PDT
Nomorerain says:
The white body depicts famine. I don't really know for sure, but I gathered that's the author's pictorial message. Also, for certain Chinese culture, when a deceased person is being carried in a cerimonial (funeral) procession, the cerimonial members wear white color cerimonial clothes.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009 9:08:55 AM PDT
very good point!

Posted on Jan 1, 2010 11:00:02 AM PST
Lost-July says:
Some indian nationals from the northern regions look VERY causcasian - complete with grey, blue or green eyes!

Posted on Sep 28, 2013 3:41:23 PM PDT
The book was inspired by ancient Indian art - the palette used in the book is that of the hundreds/thousands years old art that inspired the story. It could be an indictment of the Indian cultural obsession with fair skin, but I don't blame the author herself nor do I blame the publisher.

Posted on May 13, 2016 5:56:14 PM PDT
i am me says:
If you look at the authors Alexander the Great book and maybe other of her books. The caucasians look brown skin...
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