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Race Cars: A children's book about white privilege Kindle Edition
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Race Cars: A children's book about white privilege
For as long as anyone could remember, every year when the big race came around, a white car would win the race. A white car would win fourth place, third place, second place, and first place. Until last year…
When the committee heard about Chase winning, they were not happy. A black car had never won first place. They did not want things to change.
“We have always given white cars the fastest tires and the most powerful engines!” they roared. “How could a black car have won?”
But back at home, something was bothering Chase. It just did not seem fair that the bridge was for white cars only. Was he not as good as the white cars? Was something wrong with him? He shrugged it off and decided to train even harder for next year.
Back at Ace’s house, Ace was snuggled up in bed smiling. He did not expect to be faster than Chase—in their practices Chase was always fastest. “I must be getting much faster,” thought Ace. He drifted off to sleep dreaming of next year’s race-car race.
Chase paused for a second. “Hmm…that’s strange,” he thought, “none of the white cars seem to be getting stopped,” but he did not want to waste any more time. He showed the officer his identification and continued the race through the magical forest.
Chase sped around the river as fast as he could and jumped over the finish line. But because the race officer stopped him, Chase did not place, and Ace came in first instead.
Ace was heading for the magical forest when something made him pause.
A forked road with two separate paths—one for white cars and another for all other cars. “Why have I never noticed this before?” thought Ace.
Ace wanted to know what was down the other path. He wanted to understand what the race was like for Chase.
When he got to the magical forest he saw Ace
speeding towards him.
“I’m sorry it took me so long to realize how much harder it was for you to win this race, Chase,” said Ace.
The best friends embraced! Then, together, Ace and Chase finished the race.
- Why do you think the race committee was so upset that Chase won the race?
- What do you think it felt like for Chase to see that sign?
- Why does Ace think he is winning the race, and not Chase?
- What do you think Ace would have done if he saw Chase get stopped? What would you do?
TIPS FOR READING RACE CARS WITH KIDS
- Stop and think critically: When reading the story, stop at various points to give children a chance to discuss what’s happening.
- Reach for feelings and activate children’s moral imaginations: Have children consider what the characters in the book might be feeling as they read the story.
- Invite full participation: When discussing difficult topics such as race, some children may tend to shut down, whereas others may dominate the conversation.
- Relate it to the wider world: Race Cars is a fictional book, but the book is a reflection of the wider world.
Praise for Race Cars: A children's book about white privilege
"Race Cars is an engaging and compelling book about White privilege. Many White parents, in particular, struggle to discuss race with their children, and they fail to understand their children's developing biases and perceptions. Devenny's book can help kickstart those critical conversations and is an excellent aid for parents working to raise anti-racist children."―Dr Erin Pahlke (Ph.D) -- Associate professor of psychology at Whitman College.
"Race Cars is an engaging and creative book that offers kids a look at how policies and practices, along with people in powerful positions, can reproduce unequal hierarchies, opportunities, and outcomes. The authors provide an excellent guide for parents to use as they engage in meaningful discussions about racism and inequality with their kids. This book is a great tool for helping young people understand structural racial inequality—and the importance of challenging it!"―Margaret A. Hagerman -- Associate Professor of Sociology, Author of White Kids: Growing Up with Priv
“Edited by diversity and inclusion expert Charnaie Gordon, this narrative, an extended metaphor about two race cars that’s written in lengthy blocks of text, introduces white privilege and systemic prejudice to young readers. After Chase, a black car, is the first nonwhite vehicle to place first in “the world-famous, annual race-car race,” the offended committee—made up entirely of older, male white autos, save for Grace, a white car who, differentiated by pink tires, is “the only girl”—adds obstacles to subsequent races for nonwhite cars, enabling Chase’s best friend, Ace, a white car, to place higher. But when Ace attempts the route meant for “all other cars” and gets lost, Grace finally speaks up. Author-illustrator Devenny’s prose is accessible, if sometimes didactic, as when explaining why a group of white cars don’t initially speak up: “They were afraid of change and did not want to lose their space at the table.” Densely spaced paragraphs paired with spare, stamplike digital art amplifies the educational feel, but this white privilege primer is an easily digestible resource that could benefit those building lesson plans on the topic. Front matter includes an author’s and an editor’s note; back matter includes discussion questions and notes for adults.” ―Publishers Weekly
"Race Cars is a courageous act in dynamic print! It surfaces complex dynamics of race, privilege, and power using a highly accessible, sustained metaphor that captivates even as it challenges. By the end of the book, our youngest readers will have a deeper understanding of the costs of both unfairness and fairness…Teachers will return to this book, again and again, to help students unpack its timeless truths."―Jason Craige Harris, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at a K-12 school
“Race Cars is a wonderful tool for anyone desiring to develop a new sensibility for discussing white privilege with children (or anyone!) Devenny gives readers a simple and direct approach to the inequities of our systems in society. Well-designed tools such as these create more opportunity to shift bias before they become ingrained in our children.”―Tanisha Sabine Christie, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
"In a society where whiteness is the norm and acts of white violence against people of color are rampant in our country, this is the time to address white privilege with our children. This book is a tool to help you approach those conversations."
―Teach For Change --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Jenny Devenny, LCSW is a psychotherapist, author, illustrator and native New Yorker currently living in Los Angeles with her husband and son. She is dedicated to providing anti-racist psychotherapy to children, adolescents and families and has experience facilitating groups and workshops on racism and white privilege. Jenny is passionate about helping adults, specifically white adults, have meaningful conversations about race with the children in their lives and believes that if we want to dismantle white supremacy we need to start with our youngest. This is her first book. Find her on Instagram: @jennydevennylcsw.
Charnaie Gordon is a Diversity and Inclusion Expert, forthcoming author of the picture book A Kids Book About Diversity (A Kids Book About 2021), blogger, podcast host, and digital creator. She also serves as a member of the National Advisory Board for Reading is Fundamental for their Race, Equity, and Inclusion (REI) initiative. More than anything else, she cares about connecting people with great books they’ll love. In her world, books are an absolute necessity. Charnaie is passionate about instilling a love of reading, lifelong learning, and curiosity in her kids. She hopes to inspire others to do the same with their children. Find her online at hereweeread.com and @hereweeread on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B08SC77N2V
- Publisher : Frances Lincoln Children's Books; Illustrated edition (May 12, 2021)
- Publication date : May 12, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2671 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 42 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0711262896
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #623,978 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's long and boring for a kids book. Any child old enough to sit through this book doesn't need it. You can just sit them down for the talk.
This could have been much shorter, with likable characters, with general introductions to the concept of racism.
This gets way too specific and preachy.
I recognize that this is a hard target to hit, but it is still a big miss.
Race is a hot topic right now, particularly for white people like myself who need to explain the topic and how to handle it to our children. This book is a good metaphor for illustrating this in a way children will understand, and I appreciated the discussion questions at the end (these are what helped my son make the connections between the story and what we’ve already talked about concerning systemic racism and white privilege). That said, I think the book ends a little too simplistically—rather than the white car sticking up for his best friend, the black car, against the race car committee, the committee just sort of gives up. We all know this is unrealistic and that change doesn’t happen until more white people use our privilege to speak out about race, so I would’ve appreciated the book modeling this.
Overall, it was a good starting place.
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As a Youth and community worker it is important to me that I promote equality both at work and at home and this has helped me start the conversation.