Contribution to Diversity

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Post by Onyinye Excel » 30 Aug 2018, 11:05

The book would teach them that they can mix up with children from other ethnicity and still be a hero.

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Post by Italiansweety1982 » 30 Aug 2018, 11:38

This book is for kids, who are naturally "color-blind" unless taught otherwise. Adults would be the ones to notice the cultural/family differences.

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Post by Sydsalms » 30 Aug 2018, 16:15

As others have said, most young kids don't have racial prejudices, but maybe if they keep reading books and seeing that the inclusion of all races is good, they will grow up and be more open minded than most people. I think it is a wonderful thing to have in children's books.

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Post by Sdejardine » 30 Aug 2018, 21:12

I honestly don't think a lot of kids will notice the ethnic diversity. Kids see kids. But, in some instances kids are looking for role models and may note that Toni is black. This may be inspirational to other black children.

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Post by KCWolf » 02 Sep 2018, 10:19

I like the subtle message of diversity. I think it's important to show children of different cultures being friends. I also feel that it's important to demonstrate this in our real lives as it is in literature.

As with all things, it's good to practice what we preach (and read). ;)
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Post by Bushra Nasim » 09 Sep 2018, 15:19

These cultural and social boundaries are decided by adults, children neither believe in them nor follow them. From the very early age, children should be thought to celebrate and respect individual differences, and for this purpose, such books are very useful.

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Post by chelhack » 09 Sep 2018, 17:06

I think that it will show that you can be a hero no matter what your ethnic race is and that you can have fun with people of any nationality. I believe this sends a good/positive message to young kids.
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Post by Aaliyah2 » 12 Sep 2018, 15:25

As most have said I don’t think many kids see are aware or care about color or race unless taught otherwise or heard some remarks. I think kids should be taught culture diversity, it’s importance, and the importance of respect to every human being regardless of their race. Whether we like it or not there are lots of people out there that make racist remarks as a joke, subconsciously, or obnoxiously. They all don’t deter from being racist. I feel this books subtle message will be attained whether directly or indirectly. It provides a positive message regardless.

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Post by Oulababe » 13 Sep 2018, 10:26

I think the fact that Toni is back is an important part of the book. It's a lesson for kids to appreciate diversity at a young age.

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Post by Alicia09 » 13 Sep 2018, 13:21

I don't think that younger children would notice the different races as much as older readers. If they do notice the different races, they are most likely not going to have an emotional reaction to it as much as adults might. This is because children between the ages of 3 and 6 usually haven't lived long enough to experience racial discrimination, or to develop any racial prejudices towards anybody else. With that being said, I think the author was trying a little too hard to show a black boy playing with children of other races because most younger readers either wouldn't notice or wouldn't care.
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Post by Bon0 » 19 Sep 2018, 15:49

Of course the social inclusion is important, but not that much. It's amazing that he has many kinds of friends.

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Post by stalliongirlke » 30 Sep 2018, 08:47

That even though we come from different backgrounds, we should appreciate each other's diversity

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Post by BeatrixPotter » 01 Oct 2018, 07:27

I think the inclusion is a positive message.
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Post by Rosebella » 12 Oct 2018, 13:46

I think it will. For a long time super heroes have been focused on one race. By creating this image of different ethnicities and how irrespective of race anyone can be a superhero is a good thing for children to see.
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