Reference: Casman, M. (2012). Mixed Blessings. New York: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

  • Theme Paper Book 4

Brief Annotation: Mixed Blessings is about a little boy who notices he does not have the same skin color as either his mom or his dad. The little boy questions why he does not look like this mother or father and his parents explain using animals during a visit to the zoo. This book shares how children of mixed race learn about their identity for the first time. As well as shares that a family does not have to look the same to be a family.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: 2

Readers who will like this: Any reader who likes books about family, especially a reader who belongs to a mixed family will like this book. Because they will relate to the character. It is important for students to read and learn about different families and how they are similar to their own.

Rating/Response 1-5: 4, this book does a really nice job explaining mixed race to children and how to begin thinking about your own identity.

Text-Dependent Question: How does the little boy feel at first when he notices he does not have the same skin color as his mom nor his dad? How can you tell?