- Age Range: 6 and up
- Grade Level: 1 - 3
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Gr Pub; 1st Edition edition (November 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966853040
- ISBN-13: 978-0966853049
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,445,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If the World Were Blind...: A Book About Judgement and Prejudice Hardcover – November 1, 2001
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Repeated pages discuss how the world would be different if people were "blind' but then shows positive and negative comments. Random comments (no relation to each other). Also, the book uses the word 'retard.'
Pictures are not attractive, many long black lines- connecting quotations and speakers.
On a positive note, Burnett’s book includes widely diverse characters of different races, ethnicities, genders, classes, ages, sexual orientations, languages, abilities, and family structures and does include positive messages such as, “It’s easy to judge, criticize and be mean to others without even getting to know them or listening to their point of view” and “We can speak up when we hear others put someone down” (Burnett, K. G., & Barrows, L., 2001, pp. 11, 25). I appreciate Burnett’s ambition to decrease stereotyping and judgemental thinking, but I fear she missed the mark on helping children understand and think about difference.
Author of, Our Kids: Building Relationships in the Classroom
Why do we treat people in various ways? Why do others treat us with respect or disrespect? In "If the World Were Blind," Karen Gedig Burnett addresses the issues of how we judge people based on their skin color, nationality, clothes, body shape and looks. This is a book about judgment and prejudice.
This book is made up of pages with black backgrounds that fold out into full color scenes of people saying various negative and positive sentences. The point is well made because if you were blind you would not be able to see the scenes filled with people of different ethnicity, action and dress. White words are printed on the black background and a sentence in a white box at the base of the closed page states what a person would not see if they were blind, for example:
"If the world were blind it wouldn't matter what color skin a person had: black, tan, white, red, yellow...
Next page: "...it would matter only that their voice is kind and their touch is gentle."
In the black section of the page you might see:
"Go back where you came from," "It's so good to see you," "Stay away from people like that. They're no good."
When you open the pages you can then see who is saying which phrase.
An interesting way to explain that we should treat people with respect and to care more about their internal motivations all while learning to reach out to one another with kindness.
Even if this book is teaching children not to judge by appearance, I still think it is good to teach children to respect themselves and by improving our own appearance through exercise or by dressing in a way that shows others they respect themselves. Often people do show how they feel about themselves by the way they dress or by the way they take care of themselves. So, the issue of self-esteem is not really addressed fully in this book and is definitely an issue to consider. The author does give advice on choosing friends who are good for you.
I guess the main point of the book is that no matter what, we can treat people with respect and in order to make the world a more nurturing place, we have to be the catalyst for change. We can diffuse anger and hate with love and be part of the solution.
~The Rebecca Review