Monday, 25 February 2013

Book Reviews

I like this book, by Floella Benjamin because the story teaches children  about tolerance and understanding and reminds us that no matter how great the differences may seem, there’s always room for common ground.

This delightful story builds on the success of Floella Benjamins, My Two Grannies and tells of a mixed-race family reconciling their very different cultures is a wonderful celebration of diverse cultures. 

Aston's Grandad Roy played in a steel band and Grandad Harry played the trumpet in a brass band. Aston learns to play both instruments. Then the school needs a band to play at the school fair, and both grandads want their own band to play. Finally Aston had an idea - both bands join together to make one big band, and Aston joins in first on steel drums and then on trumpet. 

This delightful book by Marsha Cosman is a colourful 25 page picture book which your child is certain to enjoy.
A young son discovers he does not have exactly the same skin colour as either parent. He questions this revelation and his parents explain using animals during a visit to the zoo.
This wonderful book comes in board, paper and soft back. It is an ideal addition to your child's first book collection.
Every day all over the world, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same. They may not speak the same language. Their lives may be quite different. But inside, they are all alike


Saturday, 23 February 2013

Mixed Race Blended Family



This video has been out nearly two years.  It says a lot about the mixed race family experience!!  Such a lovely family

http://www.nytimes.com/video/2011/10/12/us/100000001090280/just-a-family.html?ref=us

What do you think?

Elizabeth

Friday, 22 February 2013

Book Review

So glad that these books by Tony Bradman & Eileen Brown are still around. I first read them to my children over 20 years ago!

In A Minute by Tony Bradman and Eileen Browne
Jo learns about time and waiting when she goes with her parents and her friend Sita to the park. A must for parents who want their children to appreciate the diversity of the world. Great book. Timeless!!
Wait And See Tony Bradman & Eileen Browne
Jo learns the value of money both in what it can buy and what happens when you save it. This is invaluable as it sets down principles that we all want our children to learn.
Through My Window
Jo is ill and has to stay in bed for the day, but her mum promises to bring her home a surprise to make her feel better. All day long Jo looks out of the window waiting for her mum to return. But when will Mum be back with her surprise for Jo?  I lost count of the number of times that I read this.

Mixed race’ parents’ identification of their children

I recently took part in research by Miri Song from, University of Kent, which is exploring how mixed race parents racially identify and raise their own children. I really enjoyed the experience. More participants are needed, so if you would like to take part, please contact me.

Contemporary Britain is witnessing some significant changes to its population – namely the growth of both interracial relationships and of ‘mixed race’ individuals.

While there has been growing research on mixed race children and young people in Britain, very little is still known about how mixed race parents racially identify and raise their own children. How do mixed race parents identify themselves and is a mixed race identity something that such parents wish to transmit to their children? Just to be clear, this research focuses on individuals who are of mixed parentage themselves and who are parents.

If you consider yourself ‘mixed race’ and you are a parent, aged 25 to 55, who was raised in the United Kingdom, please contact MiriSong. Miri Song (ams@kent.ac.uk) 01227 827042 (office) or 07972172907 (mobile)  http://kent.academia.edu/MiriSong

Research participants will be asked to complete a brief online survey, which will be followed by an interview.

Elizabeth

Sunday, 17 February 2013


Hugh Grant and Tinglan Hong's New Baby

Congratulations to Hugh Grant and Tinglan Hong on the birth of their second child, Felix, who was born on Saturday 16th February. Felix, born at St Mary's Hopsital in Paddington West London,  will be their second child and brother to Tabitha who was born in September 2011. I can’t wait to see the photo’s of this mixed race family.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Happy Valentines Day!!


I am creating this Blog as a starting point for a mixed race website. One of my aims is to create a record

of mixed race people and their families in the UK today. This project is in its very early stages, so your

comments and views are very welcome.


The terminology 'mixed race family' and what this means is broad and you may have a different

interpretation of what this may be compared to someone else. So for example you may be adopted or

may live in a blended family where you are not yourself of mixed biological parentage.In order for this

project to work I need people who live in mixed race families to send me their photographs. I have

selected some of my own family as an example.


I will need to know about the mixedness of your family together with some brief information e.g. where in

the UK you live and what family members do in terms of education/work etc. Please leave your

contact details so that I can get back in touch.


I thank you in advance and look forward to hearing from you.