Top positive review
Good example when talking about race with children, but unrealistic
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2020
My 5 year old actually really likes this book. It is a long one, so it isn’t for kids who have a 3 second attention span, but it is repetitive enough that it moves quickly. It discusses two cars, a black and white car, who both train very hard for an annual race. The white car committee, however, doesn’t want any car other than white cars to win and adds new rules each year that makes it more difficult for the black car to win, despite obviously being the fastest car.
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.