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Book Review: ‘I Am Mixed’ by Garcelle Beauvais and Sebastian A. Jones

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My heart is singing with glee after reading I am Mixed. I am especially happy for the many mixed race children, because they now have a book they can identify with. I wish this book was around when my kids were young.

I-am-Mixed-LE-Final-Cover-134x200The authors Sebastian A. Jones and Garcelle Beauvais have done a great job writing this important book. The story is about twins Jay and his sister Nia. The authors portray the twins like any other children, living life and doing the same type of things all children do, regardless of race, creed, or color.

I love the part of the story where Nia talks about being asked funny questions. Here’s an example:

When I go to school, I get asked funny things. Like, Your hair is bendy like curly, wurly straws. It is not straight like Sally’s or thick like Lenore’s.

The reply Nia gives is right on:

I say, I am all these things and so much more. I am all things fine and fair and coarse. And beautiful brown.

After having raised three mixed race children, I have learned to be kind when people ask stupid questions. I still remember, the day one woman, had the nerve to ask me if I was my daughter’s nanny. I did not get upset; I simply smiled and said no.

Mixed race children often have a difficult time identifying with their parents, because society wants to define which parent they should identify with. I loved it when Tiger Woods took a stand and said he is both black and Asian. My three children had to deal with the same type of issues.

I think the best way to help mixed children handle the pressures of being mixed is for the Mom and Dad to have a strong love for each other. All children regardless of race need to observe a strong family bond. That type of stability will help weather all of society’s curb balls. In my family, hubby and I often spoke honestly to our children about any questions regarding race issues. We were able to diffuse all the negatives that were hurled their way.

GB5-0039F-134x200I believe strongly in the old adage: A family that plays together stays together. In the book, the authors did a great job showing the family having fun together.

This charming book will be a great resource for all families. People in general need to learn we are all the same. I think the authors portrayed that very well.

My favorite part of the book is:

I am the best from all over the world. I am like every boy and girl.

The illustrations by James C. Webster are top notch. As you move through each page, the artwork grabs and holds your attention.

I recommend this book for every home, because all children can learn that we all the same.

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  • Joshua Cozine

    Thank you so much for this review. Very encouraging!

    • Nicole Weaver

      Joshua, so happy you are encouraged by my review. Thanks for stopping by!

  • NatalieMac

    I couldn’t agree more! This is a much needed and amazing book for all children. Love it!! Congrats Garcelle and Sebastian!!

    • Nicole Weaver

      Dear guest,
      Thanks for stopping by, and I am elated you agree with my thoughts concerning this much needed book.

  • Dawn Eyers

    Wish this book was around a lot earlier….however it’s still topical as there is still so much prejudice in the world. Charming book – and not just for mixed race children

    • Nicole Weaver

      Dawn, thanks for stopping by. I confer with you. There is still too much prejudice, but we do have hope that things will change.

  • Sebastian A. Jones

    Thanks for this amazing review. We are very honored… this book is truly about love, acceptance, self affirmation… and Unity :)

    • Nicole Weaver

      Sebastian, happy I had the chance to read and review your much needed, timely book. I am wishing you and Garcelle tremendous success with it.