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"Sometimes we say the wrong thing, sometimes we misunderstand. Now we listen, we ask questions. We are more than black and white."
How can Irene and Charles work together on their poetry project? They don't know each other...and they're not sure they want to.
Many of us have been put in situations where we have had to work with someone that we weren't quite sure of. Maybe they dressed differently, maybe the food they ate seemed strange, they could have lived in a different neighborhood or on the other side of town and maybe they were even a different race. Did you learn to accept that person as they were? Did you become friends?
In the book Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, we take a journey on the road to friendship and, through poems, explore race and childhood struggles. Irene and Charles are the only two left without partners for the 5th grade poem project, forcing them to have to work together. But Charles is black, and Irene is white.
Through each pair of poems we get a glimpse into the lives of Charles and Irene. It may seem like they have nothing in common, but their lives are in fact very similar.
Can they be friends after all?
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