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*I'm Your Peanut Butter Big Brother* by Selina Alko
 
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I'm Your Peanut Butter Big Brother
by Selina Alko
Ages 4-6 40 pages Knopf March 2009 Hardcover    

Heís just a little boy, but soon he will be someoneís big brother. He is a blend of his fatherís dark chocolate skin and his motherís strawberry cream skin. He wonders what his new babyís color will be. Will he be peanut-butter colored like his big brother, or a different blend of dark chocolate and strawberry cream?

As young children often do, he has a myriad of questions about the new baby. Will he have my eyes, eyes like my mother or father, or will he have eyes that make him totally different? Will his hair be straight and dark or light and bouncy? Will he look anything like me?

Author Selina Alko successfully presents the questions of a typical four-year-old in an interracial household in a way that is fresh and honest, opening doors of communication for parents and children in this environment. Her illustrations are bright and vivid, using both primary and secondary colors. The bright red fire-engine seat in the nursery and the green sweater worn by Akira will capture the eye and imagination of young readers.

This is a great read-aloud for adults and children to share. By the time baby sister arrives, readers will have explored many differences in their playmates and families, and adults will be able to talk about acceptance and tolerance in an age-appropriate manner.
 


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