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Wisdom Warriors Paperback – July 25, 2019
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- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Paperback : 180 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1082732087
- ISBN-13 : 978-1082732089
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.45 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Independently published (July 25, 2019)
- Language: : English
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Additionally, I greatly appreciate Mary's utilization of history as a platform to describe ongoing challenges that AA individuals and communities face. As a reader, I learned a great deal of information from her and feel that I have developed a stronger context for today's socio-political climate. In turn, this has allowed me to more readily identify and challenge my own biases, as well as of those around me. While it is not uncommon for authors to incorporate historical components into their text, Mary brilliantly presents this information in relatable scenarios and conversations. Utilizing what appears to be the literary style of Life Writing (i.e., provides everyday accounts of individuals and their relationship with society, history, and public life, as well as detailed personal insights), she is able to touch on many views and experiences that may be uncomfortable for some to discuss. In doing so, she is able to broach these deep topics in a disarming way by having a child (Skye) ask the questions and the adults (parents, grandparents, school officials) respond with the answers. Moreover, through the grandmother, the reader is able to vicariously experience many of the same thoughts that adults have, but are uncomfortable to express aloud.
Lastly, as a pediatric neuropsychologist, I have a great appreciation for how Mary modeled through her characters the way in which adults can have difficult conversations with children. Many of my patient families have unsuccessfully searched for books that will help them navigate difficult conversations with their children at various stages of development. It is of great pleasure to now have a book to recommend regarding AA strengths, as well as challenges that they face as individuals and as a community within our society.
Throughout the book, Mary Cole Watson engages the reader with clear truth & history vital to the empowerment and intellectual nourishment of African American youth in today's challenging school and neighborhood conditions. The author has made her book doubly useful by presenting her 22 messages as "stories" and her 28 goals as "lessons" which can be used by teachers or parents as individual selections to fit the needs of classroom topics and home discussions. Alternatively, the book can be useful when read to (or by) young people as an entire narrative about a bright, alert young girl named Skye. Skye is gifted and eager to do well in school as well as to thrive at home, where she enjoys the guidance and love of her Wisdom Warrior family.
The truths communicated in a conversational, story-like style by Mary Cole Watson are insights you equally might study in a campus setting in academic style. As an example, in Story 14, Skye and her mother (Ms. Carew) are conferencing with Skye's teacher Ms. Graham. At one point, Ms. Graham says "Look, Ms. Carew, I don't see color." Skye's mother replies "Then you don't see me or your black students. If you don't see our black skin, then we are invisible to you."
Skye's mother's insight is substantiated by scientific research. Professor Keith Maddox, director of Tufts University's Social Cognition Lab says: "Many Americans endorse color-blindness, suggesting that 'not seeing race' is a positive way of moving forward from a discriminatory past. But our research suggests the opposite. We all see race, and we need to talk about it." Mary Cole Watson's book does that effectively as part of an entertaining family story.