Contribution to Diversity

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Post by Mercy Bolo » 16 Aug 2018, 06:55

When I noticed that the book's cover contained an illustration of a person of color, my curiosity heightened, and I couldn't wait to lay eyes on its contents. In that light, Toni being a person of color will encourage children to play well with each other.
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Post by mac83 » 16 Aug 2018, 11:25

Diversity in a children's book is wonderful. This book will show others to not be afraid or to treat others differently just because they don't look the same as you. Prejudice is a learned trait. Reading books like this to children is a good way parents can show children what it means to accept others. Parents and adults are the building blocks to keeping children open to diversity.
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Post by David Horta Alonso » 16 Aug 2018, 13:10

It is lovely to see black and white kids incorporated into the book. That surely aided its diversity and acceptance across the racial divide.

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Post by Raya raymond » 18 Aug 2018, 04:50

Allyseria wrote:
26 Jul 2018, 19:17
ereason wrote:
08 Jul 2018, 05:22
I noticed that Toni had all sorts of friends, boys, girls, diverse cultures, and also that it wasn't just Mum=chores, friends=fun. I don't think very young children will be conscious of the message, but it will (subtly, as you say) show them that friends don't have to be identical. It turns it into a non-issue before they're old to realise that once upon a time it may have been an issue.
This is exactly what I thought! I think the book is great in this aspect and I wish that more children books would do the same. I have great hopes for the next book in the series :D
I'm also anxious for the next one.

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Post by David Horta Alonso » 18 Aug 2018, 07:58

Recognition of black character surely is a recognition of equality of all races. Whites and blacks are all equal.

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Post by Mee_maw » 18 Aug 2018, 11:18

It's the first time I have considered the children's ethnicities. The author has done a good job showing that people of all racial backgrounds matter.

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Post by kelvinmwaniki17 » 18 Aug 2018, 12:12

Mee_maw wrote:
18 Aug 2018, 11:18
It's the first time I have considered the children's ethnicities. The author has done a good job showing that people of all racial backgrounds matter.
I agree with your sentiments

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Post by Raya raymond » 19 Aug 2018, 07:26

David Horta Alonso wrote:
16 Aug 2018, 13:10
It is lovely to see black and white kids incorporated into the book. That surely aided its diversity and acceptance across the racial divide.
I think so too.

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Post by Babarino » 21 Aug 2018, 20:45

It is wonderful to have a protagonist in a children’s book that isn’t white. All children deserve to have a character that they can identify with.

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Post by palmerNgozi » 22 Aug 2018, 13:43

This book moderately illustrates that social inclusion irrespective of race is of high relevance, well racism can be learnt it can be imbibed, we should rather learn to accept anyone irrespective of skin color and others.
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Post by VJohnson0615 » 22 Aug 2018, 17:51

I like that the book celebrates diversity. My children are in the demographic for this book. I don’t necessarily believe they’ll realize the children have different ethnicities, but it helps normalize inclusion. It’s important to me that they be accepting of everyone, and this book helps demonstrate that to them.

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Post by SMwathi » 23 Aug 2018, 10:24

The author aimed at creating cohesion with people of different diversities despite the indifference that exist between us.

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Post by Cotwani » 23 Aug 2018, 17:34

Even though diversity and social inclusion are non issues to the book's target age, parents can use it to reinforce the same as they read the story to the children.
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Post by Yerenzhu » 23 Aug 2018, 20:27

The main protagonist is an African-American, sure that is fine. No doubt about that. If it is appealing to a younger audience, most children do not see color or race they just see someone that looks "cool" and looks to them because they want to be like them. I don't think the color of the skin that Toni is matters, I think it is the idea and what Toni practices and beliefs matters. As long as they are a good role model for children, it doesn't matter if Toni is black, brown, white, or purple.

I understand what you're saying though, usually, it is portrayed with a white person, and you're right. There are not enough African-American protagonists out there.

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Post by Cher432 » 25 Aug 2018, 13:45

I was very happy that diversity was a central part of the book as children grow up imitating what they see around them. If they learn from an early age to be tolerant and accepting of others, they will always keep those lessons in mind.

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