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First, we looked at Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh. If you aren't a first time reader, you probably already know that I LOVE this author. He writes about important social issues that are primarily focused on the Hispanic American population. The way he approaches serious topics and makes them simple enough for children to understand is nothing short of magic. I initially fell for his style in Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote. If you haven't read it, get right on that! He also just had another exciting book come out from Groundwood Books. It is called Salsa and it is part of a food series that I'm excited about!
So the girls read Separate is Never Equal and they all thought it was awesome! They wanted to talk a lot about the illustrations--which are amazing! Tonatiuh's style is a tribute to Aztec art and simplicity. Very cool. We talked about equality. And we talked about the fact that it isn't ever right to treat someone differently based on the color of their skin. It's wrong. (These are all their words and it just made my heart so happy!) Everyone's favorite part was when the judge came back pronounced the Mendez family as victors in this tough fight.
All the girls enjoyed the fact that both of these books are non-fiction. They liked that the subject of each book was committed to something and made it happen...and so did I!