French Toast by Kari-Lynn Winters and illustrated by Francois Thisdale

81lywliz3l French Toast by Kari-Lynn Winters and illustrated by Francois Thisdale,  Pajama Press, 9781772780062, 2016

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: (1-5, 5 is an excellent or starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? This is a beautiful book about a little girl who is half Jamaican and half French Canadian. She guides her blind grandmother on a walk and starts to describe skin tones by describing food, one of them being maple syrup. She has been called French Toast by teasing boys and realizes that her warm brown skin tone is something to be proud of when she speaks to her grandmother. The illustrations are wonderful and the descriptions of the food are perfect.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  I liked everything about this book.

To Whom Would You Recommend this book? This is recommended for children ages 4-7. It would be a good addition to a multi-cultural library. Kindergarten children will also enjoy the story read aloud to them. It will stimulate discussion on race.

Who should buy this book? This would be good for elementary school libraries and public libraries that have a children’s section.

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: Feb. 25, 2017


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