Posts Tagged "Multicultural"

The New America

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Race & Culture | 1 comment

The New America

In the aftermath of Election Day, 2012, much was written about the birth of “the new America.” As Howard Fineman wrote,  President Barack Obama did not just win reelection tonight. His victory signaled the irreversible triumph of a new, 21st-century America: multiracial, multi-ethnic, global in outlook and moving beyond centuries of racial, sexual, marital and religious tradition. “But his victory is something more,” Fineman continued, “a sense that we are all in this together as a society, no matter who we are or how we live our lives.” Four years ago, I...

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Featuring Difference

Posted by on May 24, 2009 in Bk: Africa is Not a Country , Bk: Talking Walls, Bk: Welcoming Babies, Bk: Who Belongs Here, Diverse & Global Books, Korean Books & Culture, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Featuring Difference

Featuring Difference

In April, Margy Burns Knight and I spend six days in Philadelphia-area schools, presenting on the five books she wrote and I illustrated: the two Talking Walls titles; Who Belongs Here: An American Story; Welcoming Babies; and Africa Is Not A Country. As all these books concern the diversity of human experience – in culture, language, race, religion, etc. – Margy and I use every opportunity to address the topic of difference in a positive light. We often begin our talks with information about ourselves as children. Some students in these Philadelphia suburban schools can see...

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Universal Questions

Posted by on May 23, 2009 in Events & Presentations  | Comments Off on Universal Questions

Universal Questions

It’s been a busy spring, chock full of travel and school visits. Now that I’m finally getting to catch my breath and take a look back, I find I’ve made numerous discoveries in the exploration of race and culture through children’s books.  In January and February, author Margy Burns Knight and I worked  at Longley Elementary School in Lewiston, Maine, as part of a family literacy project sponsored by the Harwood Center for Community Partnerships at Bates College. Lewiston’s population is a mixture of Franco-American families who have been there for generations...

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2. Doing the Research

Posted by on Dec 6, 2008 in Bk: Talking Walls, Diverse & Global Books, Race & Culture | Comments Off on 2. Doing the Research

2. Doing the Research

When I talk to students about the process of creating Talking Walls, I explain that in addition to all the research that author Margy Burns Knight had to do to write the stories, I as the illustrator had to do visual research. I had to make sure that the walls I painted looked like the actual walls. And, I tell them, I even had to do “face research.” I studied many, many photographs and did a lot of sketches to make an accurate representation of the Great Wall of China. Different sections were built with different materials, and the topography of the land affected the design of...

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Diversity in Action is … 1. Knowing What I Don’t Know

Posted by on Dec 4, 2008 in Bk: Talking Walls, Diverse & Global Books, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Diversity in Action is … 1. Knowing What I Don’t Know

Diversity in Action is …                1. Knowing What I Don’t Know

In 1991, I began working on illustrations for a book called Talking Walls. Author Margy Burns Knight, publisher-editor (and later co-author) Mark Melnicove, and I formed a collaborative creative team which eventually produced five children’s nonfiction picture books, all of which are still in print. All of our titles explore human difference through the lens of what we have in common: walls, immigration stories, baby welcoming rituals, the daily lives of children. The process of creating the books has provided an intensive laboratory for examining how to approach...

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