January 1st 2018 by Carolrhoda Book
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
I’ve been fortunate enough to have a few children’s poetry books come my way of late and this is certainly one of the most interesting.
In a world where we are constantly reminded of the intolerance and bigotry of some it is incumbent upon us as educators to guide our students towards accepting and embracing differences.
When Irene and Charles are put together to complete a poetry project, neither is very thrilled. One white, one black with seemingly nothing in common, they are both reluctant and reticent at first. But as they choose topics to write about – school, family, church, friends and so on – they begin to see points of similarity and more than that commonalities that develop into an unexpected friendship.
Cleverly written by authors who are themselves black and white, this book explores a theme of turning ignorance into understanding and takes it further.
Not only is this a volume worth sharing with students but it could easily become a fascinating springboard into shaping similar experiences for our own children.
Recommended for children from around Year 4 upwards.