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Who Is My Neighbor? by Amy-Jill Levine

Who Is My Neighbor?Who Is My Neighbor? by Amy-Jill Levine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a simple look at race, prejudice, stereotypes, fear, the nature of social groups to want to force everyone to conform, and the power of diversity. Now, that’s a lot to tackle in a picture book, but this does a pretty good job. It keeps things simple and makes the points that it needs to and should.

It even drops lines that would be considered racism by most adults, “You’re a good Yellow, not like the others,” though that will fly over the head of most kids. Still, it’s good for them to see what prejudice is and recognize it as being wrong, and maybe this book could help with that.
The artwork is simple, which makes it easy to follow along and absorb the story.

This would be a great group read for when you want to discuss differences and diversity, or even if you want to tackle issues with an older group, such as stereotyping and prejudice. Sometimes having a simple story like this can be a great talking tool, even with middle school kids. It makes the concepts so easy to grasp, that it also makes them easier to discuss, instead of focusing on larger/broader concepts that can easily lead discussions in many directions.

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