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This picture book for elementary-age children is about a boy whose friend calls him a hurtful name. We never learn exactly what the word is, but we do know that Benjamin is very upset. Benjamin is half Hispanic and half Jewish. He and his father talk about the incident, and Benjamin decides to tell his friend how he feels. In the end, the friendship is restored. 

I read this to my seven-year-old son, who is also mixed-race, and he seemed very absorbed by the story. I like the fact that Benjamin’s father is empathetic and nurturing, and I like the fact that the incident is resolved without a lot of drama. The issue of name-calling is handled in a realistic way in this book.

The text is printed in English and Spanish. This book is published by Arte Publico Press, which specializes in books by U.S. Hispanic authors. You can buy this from my Boys book list.