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Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice (utgåvan 2018)

av Marianne Celano PhD (Författare), Marietta Collins PhD (Författare), Ann Hazzard PhD (Författare), Jennifer Zivoin (Illustratör)

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After discussing the police shooting of a local Black man with their families, Emma and Josh know how to treat a new student who looks and speaks differently than his classmates.
Titel:Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice
Författare:Marianne Celano PhD (Författare)
Andra författare:Marietta Collins PhD (Författare), Ann Hazzard PhD (Författare), Jennifer Zivoin (Illustratör)
Info:Magination Press (2018), Edition: Illustrated, 40 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Taggar:fiction, picture book, public library book


Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice av Marianne Celano PhD


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After the news breaks of the killing of a local black man by a police officer, two families - one black and one white - talk to their children about racism. The children, Josh and Emma, classmates at school, try to make sense of the killing and of racism, and use their families discussions to befriend a new student at school. As a parent of 10 and 12 year olds, I highly recommend this book as a way to continue the conversation about race. Includes resources for families and a note to parents and caregivers. Named the NCSS-CBC 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. ( )
  lisakusick | Jul 30, 2020 |
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I am impressed beyond measure at this carefully cultivated picturebook meant to starts a dialogue between parents and children about race and racism. It provides extensive notes at the end of the book, pages worth, that provide child-friendly definitions, sample dialogues, and ways for caregivers to address these issues. I need to figure out a way to tell more people about it. This is a book written with intention by people with PHD's and it shows. It doesn't knock anybody down, and it doesn't uphold someone over another. ( )
  EMiMIB | Aug 8, 2019 |
For parents struggling to explain the shootings, violence, and distrust between people of different races, and law enforcement, this book may help. Told from the perspective of both White and African American families, this book will resonate with anyone trying to break down barriers in these troubled times. ( )
  lisaladdvt | Jun 16, 2019 |
Unfortunately, this is a much needed book in our world right now. It tries to explain to children about the shooting of an unarmed black man. The parents of a white child and of a black child each explain to their children about the history of racism, slavery and how people are unfairly treated based upont he colour of their skin or their names. In one family a teenage brother also shared his ideas, which show us that there is much work to be done. The idea is to try and teach them to change this pattern and unfairness. In the book, the children pair up to help a new child feel welcome in their school. This child is named Omad. This is also timely as there are so many refugees in both Canada and the U.S. and are often targeted as terrorists. Even though the book is explaining the shooting of a black man, it is able to be used to show racism about any group. What a wonderful book to read to children in middle grades, especially when doing a unit on Social Justice. The youth will change the world and this is a good start to education them about the injustices that occur. This is not a book I would read to young children, I would use it with children in junior grades and up. The publisher, Magination Press, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, opinions and ideas are my own. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
"Something bad happened in our town." The grown-ups think the kids don't know, but they heard the news, or overheard older kids talking about it, and "they had questions."

First we get Emma's story. Emma asks her mother, "Why did the police shoot that man?" Emma and her family are white. Her parents explain gently, though her older sister adds, "It wasn't a mistake. The cops shot him because he was Black." They talk about who Black people are, who White people are, and the pattern of discrimination in this country even after the end of slavery. They talk about fairness.

Meanwhile, next door, Josh asks his mom if the white policeman who shot the black man will go to jail. Josh's family is black. While his parents, like Emma's, give more modulated answers, his older brother Malcolm, like Emma's sister, is more blunt. They, too, talk about fairness, anger, and the power to make change.

The next day at school, a new boy joins their class, and when he isn't chosen for a soccer team at recess, both Emma and Josh stick up for him: "And just like that, Emma and Josh gained a new friend, and started a better pattern in their school."

The story is followed by a note to parents and caregivers about how to address racism, racial injustice, and racial bias with children. There are also vocabulary words with child-friendly definitions and sample parent-child questions and answers. These resources are crucial for parents who feel uncomfortable addressing the topic of race with their children.

The illustrations suit the text very well, with present-day characters and events appearing in color in the foreground, and past events rendered in black and white above and in the background. ( )
  JennyArch | Aug 21, 2018 |
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