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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
If you are a parent who wants to introduce the topic of racism to your young child, please consider The Lying Liar Called Racism: A Love Letter, crafted by Giselle Fuerte. She begins by introducing three big ideas that are woven together during this captivating story. The child is asked to imagine himself as a Little Mountain, as he is strong and powerful. Secondly, if someone said he is a pile of spaghetti, it would be a lie. Lastly, the child’s ancestors were resilient, like mountains. So, the child is also a mountain of strength. The concept of racism, the lie, is explained further in terms that children will understand. Helping children to grasp the reality of this terrible truth is a question with which many parents wrestle.
The beautiful illustrations by Lesta Ginting add to the imagery of mountain-like, strong children of all colors and nationalities. Parents have many opportunities to reinforce the importance of a child perceiving themself as strong and powerful throughout the book. The author has skillfully crafted a teaching text that is relatable, providing a way to introduce this concept to young ones. The book creates numerous ways for parents to ask questions and provide answers. At the end of the book, the author gives parents some suggested discussion questions and encourages them to share some of their personal experiences with racism. Author Giselle Fuerte has penned an essential book for young children titled The Lying Liar Called Racism. This book should be a part of every child’s library, and it will be read over and over again.