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What If the Zebras Lost Their Stripes? Hardcover – September, 1998
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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
Top Customer Reviews
The only thing that I think should be mentioned is it does (briefly) include religious context that might not be appropriate for all families when it concludes that it is god who was smart enough to make the zebras the way they are. While not promoting any specific god, this does make it inappropriate for a public school setting or for families of certain religious beliefs.
I especially appreciated the very last page which placed the zebras with many children of different races and nationalities so that my 5-year old and I could talk about the differences in people, too.
People are more alike than they are different and this book does a great job of not letting us forget that beautiful message.
I highly recommend this book. The artwork is wonderful and I am so glad I purchased it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book is a favorite of both my 5 and 3 year olds. what a great message to plant in their hearts at a young age.Published 7 months ago by Julie b
"What if the Zebras Lost Their Stipes?" should be required reading for every child - and adult too. The illustrations are wonderful!Published on February 24, 2014 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 on February 11, 2014 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