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This week I'm going to share some multicultural story books Hazel and I have discovered and liked thus far. With one of them we have tried a painting activity, so I will share that with you as well. Some musical resources for this book would be DARIA's song Beautiful Rainbow World (on her Beautiful Rainbow World CD and her I Have a Dream CD) and Kevin So's song Individual (on his Individual CD and Along the Way CD). (I will share more about Kevin So's music at a later date, but Individual goes along with this book, so I'm sharing it here.)
So the book with project is The Colors of Us by Karen Katz. This story is about a girl whose mother is an artist and tells her that if she mixes red, yellow, black and white paints in the correct proportion she will get the right shade of brown as her skin. The girl says, but brown is brown. Then they go for a walk and see many different shades of brown in her friends, neighbors and family's skin tones. It is really a lovely story about the different shades of our skins and of course it lends itself to making different shades of skin colors from paint, which is what we did.
With each color Hazel made handprints on one page, so we would have a sheet with the different shades of skin tones.
Another book we have enjoyed is The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson. This story is told from the point of view of a black girl in the South in a town with a fence dividing the blacks and whites. There is a young white girl who sits on the fence each day of the summer watching the black children play. Eventually the girls talk and start sitting on the fence together. It is a nice story of how even when divided children find a way to play together.
Another fun book is The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane Derolf. It is a story told by a child who hears the crayons in a box saying they do not like one another. The child buys the box and takes the crayons home and makes a picture showing each color how they work together to make beautiful pictures and then of course the crayons like one another. It is a very cute way to show liking each other's differences.
A good book to teach about segregation is White Socks Only by Evelyn Coleman. This is a story that a grandmother tells her young granddaughter about the first time she walked into town by herself. The rule was and is you are only old enough to walk into town by yourself if you are going to do some good. The grandmother as a young girl walked into town with two eggs. She wanted to see if it really got hot enough to fry an egg on cement. After her experiment she saw a water fountain with a sign on it saying "Whites only" and since she knew what that meant, she took off her shoes so she only had her clean white socks on the stool. Of course a white man came and yelled at her and beat her, but many of the black people came and took their shoes off and took a drink as well. I won't ruin the end, but it is a great story about causing a bit of revolution during the time of segregation. Hazel (3) enjoyed this story, but I don't think she really got what was happening and she didn't ask questions, so I didn't take the time at bedtime to explain it.
Well that is enough multicultural resources for this week.
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