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That's My Mum - Taasi Waa Hooyaday
Henriette Barkow & Derek Brazell

That's My Mum - Taasi Waa Hooyaday - Henriette Barkow & Derek BrazellWritten in English and Somali

Published by Mantra
ISBN 1 85269 605 2
Price £6.99

Mia and Kai are friends. They're both fed up because people don't think that their mothers are really their mothers.

They notice that they don't have the same problem when they are out with their dads. They decide that they must do something - but what?.

Beautifully illustrated, this book features a boy and a girl and shows that Mixed-Race people come in all colours. The simple narrative makes it suitable for children of all ages, either as an uplifting story or a springboard for discussion.

I've used it in school and found the children enjoyed predicting the outcome and had lots of theories and suggestions. Without any prompting, they talked about 'race', colour and prejudice, free from the fear of saying 'the wrong thing.' Raising the issue of 'race' with children can be problematic- ' Am I inadvertently drawing undue attention to difference?
Imposing my ideas and expecting consensus? - but this book gives parents and teachers the chance to create space for children to talk about things that matter to them in words that mean something to them. Who could ask for more?

Review by Darren M Chetty.

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