French Toast

French Toast

Book - 2016
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"Phoebe--half Jamaican, half French-Canadian--hates her school nickname of “French Toast.” So she is mortified when, out on a walk with her Jamaican grandmother, she hears a classmate shout it out at her. To make things worse, Nan-Ma, who is blind, wants an explanation of the name. How can Phoebe describe the color of her skin to someone who has never seen it? “Like tea, after you've added the milk,” she says. And her father? “Like warm banana bread.” And Nan-Ma herself? She is like maple syrup poured over ... well ... In French Toast, Kari-Lynn Winters uses descriptions of favorite foods from both of Phoebe's cultures to celebrate the varied skin tones of her family. François Thisdale's imaginative illustrations fill the landscape with whimsy and mouthwatering delight as Phoebe realizes her own resilience and takes ownership of her nickname proudly."--From Jacket flap.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada :, Pajama Press,, 2016
ISBN: 9781772780062
Branch Call Number: JE WIN
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly colour illustrations ; 24 x 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Thisdale, François 1964-- Illustrator

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VaughanPLDianeB Aug 12, 2018

What would it be like to never know the colours of skin? That is the experience of Phoebe's grandmother -- her "Nan-ma" who is blind. This is a lovely story of how Phoebe comes to accept her nickname. To help her Nan-ma better understand, Phoebe likens people's skin tone to different foods, realizing we are a beautiful array of colours. A perfect read aloud for grandparent's day, or for illustrating the themes of self-acceptance, self-pride, being biracial, and valuing one another's differences.

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