Prejudice is a real problem in today’s society. Violent crimes happen every day because of hate toward someone not similar to us. Our children need to be taught how to overcome their prejudices. Our children need to be taught to think when told some stereotype or rumor about an individual rather than blindly accept it.
As parents and adults who influence children, we need to model acceptance of others for our kids. We need to engage them in meaningful discussions about prejudge. A good way to have such meaningful discussions is by reading together books that deal with the subject.
The Muffintops Of Muffinville – The Great Cupcake Battle by Eve Newton is a silly, fun children’s picture but has a very serious lesson on prejudice. A pet cat runs over the fence of Muffinville into another town, Cupcake Land. Rumors and prejudices quickly spread in both towns almost culminating in an all-out war. The sensible Mr. Muffintop stops it with a reminder that “All beings are born free and should be given dignity…”
The book reminded me of Dr. Seuss’ wisdom “that Sneetches are Sneetches. And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches.” Books like The Muffintops Of Muffinville – The Great Cupcake Battle and The Sneetches can be great tools to help to teach children about prejudices in a fun way. I would recommend reading books like these with children and to discuss prejudice with them.
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Also available A Tea Party in Muffinville.