Thursday, July 16, 2009
Book Review: Her Name Was Beauty by Deborah A. Williams
Review of Her Name Was Beauty by Deborah Williams
Her Name Was Beauty is a children's story of a young girl of mixed heritage and her first day at preschool. Her father is a police officer in the local town and is of mixed heritage himself: Hispanic, African American and Native American. Her mother, Selena, is a school teacher of French Creole and African American descent. They live in a town that does not accept cultural differences well."
The author goes on to prove this point as she describes Beauty's first day at preschool and experiences rudeness, meanness and prejudice for the first time. At the end of the day, William finds his daughter crying and alone. He comforts her and shares the difficulties that he and his parents endured as Cherokee and Latino. Then he reminds Beauty of her strengths and bucks up her spirits.
I received this book through Bostick Communications and through the author. I would not be surprised to discover that the book was written with a particular young girl in mind. The story sounds as though it may have happened - and much like a story that occurs too often in many places.
The book reads like a self published and first work by the author. But the book shares an important message and I can see how it would comfort both children and parents after a difficult and painful encounter with prejudice.
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (February 22, 2008), 28 pages.
Courtesy of Bostick Communications.
Thank you, Bostick Communications and Deborah Williams for this opportunity.