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Who do you see when you look in the mirror? One mother’s account of her experience as the only Black child in school serves as an empowering message to her own daughter and children of color everywhere.
Life can be hard for the only brown girl in a classroom full of white students. When the teacher talks about slavery, she can feel all of her classmates staring at her. When they talk about civil rights, she is the one that other kids whisper about on the playground. In those moments, she wants to slip away or seep into the ground; and she wonders, is that all you see when you look at me?
What really matters is what she sees when she looks at herself. She is a reflection of the courage, strength, intelligence and creativity that’s been passed down from generation to generation through her ancestors.
Inspired by her daughter’s experience in school as well as her own, Adrea Theodore’s debut picture book is a powerful testament to the past as well as a benediction for the future.
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Adrea Theodore is a mother, a pediatrician, and with the publication of A History of Me, an author of books for children. Growing up on Long Island, she was the kind of girl who almost always had a book in her hand, a library card in her pocket, and a stack of books in the corner waiting to be read — or returned for more books. She currently lives in Durham, North Carolina where she works with children at a local child advocacy center.
Erin K Robinson is the illustrator of Brave. Black. First: 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World by Cheryl Hudson. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post, among other publications, and has been nominated for an Emmy in the News and Documentary category. Trained at the Parsons School of Design and the Corcoran School of Art. Erin splits her time between Brooklyn, NY, and Washington, DC.
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