BENJAMIN AND THE WORD by Daniel A. Olivas

BENJAMIN AND THE WORD

Benjamin y la palabra
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Age Range: 6 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

When Benjamin defeats his friend James in a game at school, James calls him a name, the “word” of the title. While the name itself is never mentioned, Benjamin’s talk with his father about his hurt feelings makes it clear that James has insulted Benjamin because his heritage is mixed: half-Russian Jew, half-Mexican. The father-son relationship and their discussions—coming only as Benjamin is ready to talk—are warm and open, and Benjamin’s conclusion that he still wants James to be his friend is encouraging and believable. Dyen’s illustrations feature background washes, small and large, overlain with penciled details and outlines, creating an expressive realism. A quiet look at prejudice, forgiveness and friendship. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: April 30th, 2005
ISBN: 1-55885-413-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Piñata Books/Arté Público
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2005