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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Alexander, What Are You? by Celine Meyong Krishack is a good storybook for children with a message. Seven-year-old Alexander is multiracial, but he is not concerned about his multicultural background because he does not think he is different from the rest of his classmates. His friend Tom's remark leaves him confused and insecure, and he questions his mother about it on the way back from school. That evening, his parents explain to him why he is different and the meaning of multiracial. It's a story that will help boost the self-confidence of everyone who come from a multicultural background, and also give them a sense of importance and individuality, irrespective of what culture they belong to.
The story is interesting and the conversations between Alexander and Tom, and Alexander and his parents are memorable. The illustrations are lively and vivid and they breathe life into the scenes and characters. It's a good bedtime storybook and can also be used for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The story also gives information on what it means to be multiracial, and the explanations given by Alexander's parents are clear, helping young readers understand easily the meaning of multiracial. Children find it easier to grasp a concept or a message when explained with the help of a story or pictures. Alexander's character is adorable and many children will be able to relate to his plight of looking different from the other children.