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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite
Barbara J. Freeman was a second-grade teacher before becoming a guidance counselor. This background prepared her to write Black History: Tina and Gina Discover Twelve People of Color. So many people of color deserve recognition that I am amazed how anyone can reduce the number to twelve. However, Barbara did an excellent job representing people from all walks of life. This is a book honoring great African Americans, but it also encourages all children to achieve more. One’s race, religion, or economic status should never be a limiting factor in what a child can become. When children read this book and understand the impossible circumstances that these people overcame, they will be inspired to reach for the stars.
Everyone needs a hero to look up to. Children need role models to encourage and motivate them. Barbara J. Freeman brings together not just one great role model but twelve. First, read Black History: Tina and Gina Discover Twelve People of Color with your children, then discuss the importance of standing on the shoulders of those who came before. These role models are great examples of using problems as stepping stones to success. For example, Thurgood Marshall overcame racial inequality to become the first black Justice of the US Supreme Court. It would be a great project for parents to take one of these twelve people each month and have their children do a research project to find out more about the person chosen. Make history fun for your children and be part of making history come to life. Change will only happen if we discover where we came from and learn from our past mistakes.