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“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
Publisher: Illumination Arts Publishing Company, Inc.,
Material: hard cover
Summary: Tyler is looking for just the right word to identify who he is. Through poetry he explains how he sees the world in hopes that the world will know how to see him. This is a poem that offers a child's perspective of race and color.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, developing reader
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 7; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 4 to 9
Reading Level: 2.2
Age of Child: Started reading with 4½ year old child.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He liked looking at all of the children illustrated in the book. This one got pulled from the shelves several times.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a nice poem. The illustrations are fabulous and the expressions on the children's faces draw you in to seeing the world as Tyler does.
Pros: The poem is nice and offers a fresh approach to seeing life in a diverse, colorful world.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. The illustrations are as captivating as Tyler's poem.
Educational Themes: The book offers an opportunity to help children see beyond (if not ignore) labels to find language that is more descriptive and inclusive.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.