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Thursday, March 21, 2013

"Princess Onyx" by Clarissa and Illustrated by Jason Brooks

This is a short children's book about the struggles of young African-American women.  Written for her granddaughter, the author writes a story that has real-life family connections.  In the story, the grandmother (Tata) consoles her granddaughter (Jaydah).  Jaydah thinks she is ugly and cries because the other kids in school are being mean to her.   So, Tata tells Jaydah a story where Jaydah is a princess.  The princess goes out to play with the common people, which includes white people.  Jaydah realizes how mean people can be when the common people push aside another black girl so the princess--also black--can play with them.  It is at this point that Jaydah understands segregation.  At the end of the story, Jaydah understands that she should be nice to people even when they are mean.  I wish there was a friendly white person in the book who was nice to Jaydah, but--overall--the story is nice.

3 comments:

Clarissa said...
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Clarissa said...

Thank you so much for a wonderful review. Colorism within the Black community has only recently been addressed. I'm sure the topic of White racism as well as other ethnic group racism will be addressed in future Princess Onyx books. (SMILE)

tk Fire said...

Thanks for your comment. Your book was great. Have a nice day.