The book goes through breakfast, lunch, tea, setting the table, dinner, and cleaning the table. Each double page explores one of the above themes. The page on the left introduces a few key elements of the scene. The page on the right shows related pictures.
For example, setting the table: images of a knife, fork, spoon, glass, and plate, with names and a short explanation. The page on the left shows a little boy setting the table, using all of these. The illustrations are simple and efficient, quite colorful.
Through these meals, we follow the daily life of a family of four: Mom, Dad, their little boy and their baby girl. The father is dark-skinned and the mother Caucasian with chestnut hair. The kids’ skin tones are slightly lighter than their father’s.
The book cover features the little girl devouring a slice of melon. I picked this book because I was looking for characters with whom my baby girl, who has a Caucasian mom and an Indian father, could identify.
Flipping through the book, I discovered that the mom was Caucasian with chestnut hair, just like me, and that the father was dark-skinned, just like my husband! I was so delighted, I had to buy the book.
I love that the kids are introduced first at the beginning of the book. It is only after a few pages that we discover that they are indeed a mixed race family.
I highly recommend this book for mixed-race families. It ticks all my boxes, including racial and gender equality (The father and the boy are shown actively participating in all the tasks required for preparation of a meal).
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