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BIO

 

Who would have guessed that two people from half-way around the world could meet and come together to produce a child and then an amazing book that could enable readers to view racism differently? That is exactly what happened with “A Class Divided: A Story About Racism.” Pat is from the United States and Michelle is from the Philippines who was working in Taiwan at the time.  

 

Pat put an ad on a dating web site and mentioned that he was a published author and writer. The fact that Pat was a writer caught Michelle’s attention and she responded to his profile. Even though they were in completely different time zones, it would be daytime for Pat and nighttime for Michelle, they talked for hours and their relationship flourished.

Michelle went home to the Philippines and Pat visited for several weeks to ensure their relationship was a solid one. It turned out it was. Pat and Michelle married in the United States in 2008. Pat continued to write in his spare time while running various businesses. He mostly wrote movie scripts. Michelle wrote romance novels.

 

In 2013, their family was made complete with the addition of Summer Raine (Little Sami) to their family. She also loves to write and is highly creative in coming up with stories.

In 2021, after seeing the absurd going on with racism and the uncalled-for deaths of innocent black lives and the brutality against Asians, they decided to write “A Class Divided: A story About Racism” to do their tiny part to try and emphasize to people how ridiculous racism is. It is a book that opens the door for parents and teachers to talk about racism and the needless deaths of people such as George Floyd and Brianna Taylor, and many others who have lost their lives due to racism and hatred.

Racism and hatred in all its forms is wrong and needs to be addressed and stopped.

  

SHORT DESCRIPTION

School is in session for Ms. Owl’s class. Freddy the Fox is new to school and, because he is different, is being ignored and discriminated against by the others. One by one his fellow students come to understand that being different is not a bad thing and instead of being ignored and discriminated against, we should accept everyone for who they are.

A Class Divided tackles one of the most important issues our child will face as they grow. This book teaches the power of empathy and shows us all just how much alike we really are deep down inside.

Summary

A Class Divided explores the concept of racism in a unique and entertaining way children will enjoy. Filled with gorgeous illustrations, we follow the journey of newcomer Freddy Fox as he starts his first day in a new school. The other students must go from viewing him for his differences to seeing him as one of their own and, eventually, a friend.

Long Description

In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered. The day after that horrific event, a third-grade teacher, Jane Elliot, in Riceville Iowa, decided she had had enough. The next day she walked into her classroom and changed her lesson plan for the day. And in doing so, she made headlines around the world. What headline making event did she do? She did something so simple and revolutionary that it changed the lives of her third-grade students forever. And many other people worldwide.

She separated her class into two separate groups and made them feel first-hand what racism feels like. She separated that group of first graders by the color of their eyes. One group was the blue-eyed students and one was the brown-eyed students. The first day, the brown eyed group was discriminated against. They were given less to eat, they weren’t allowed recess or to play on the playground, or to play with their friends. They were told they weren’t as smart as the blue-eyed students and that they were unable to answer the questions posed to them. They were made to feel “Less Than.” The next day it was the blue-eyed students turn to be discriminated against. And just like the brown eyed students, they treated the other students badly because they believed they were stupid and not as valuable as they were.

Why is it that one group of people think they are better than another group? God didn’t make us better than another person. We are all alike and equal. Many people will use the Bible and twist it around to justify why they are better than someone else. The truth is Jesus is love and if we make someone feel they are less than us, then we are going against God’s will and purpose for our life. If you do that, you are saying God made a mistake and God does not make mistakes. Jesus was not white. If you discriminate against another human being for any reason, you are discriminating against God. You will have to face God and explain why your heart was filled with hatred for another of God’s creatures.

“A Class Divided: A Story About Discrimination” was written to show people that we are all alike and we have no control over the way God makes us. It is a way to show what it feels like to be discriminated against and why we should have empathy for all people. It is a book that enables parents and teachers to open the door to discuss the murder of George Floyd and all discrimination. Read this book and do a little research on Jane Elliot and you will discover why Jane Elliot is a real hero.

School is in session for Ms. Owl’s class. Freddy the Fox is new to school and, because he is different, is being ignored and discriminated against by the others. One by one his fellow students come to understand that being different is not a bad thing and instead of being ignored and discriminated against, we should accept everyone for who they are.

A Class Divided tackles one of the most important issues our child will face as they grow. This book teaches the power of empathy and shows us all just how much alike we really are deep down inside.

Summary

A Class Divided explores the concept of racism in a unique and entertaining way children will enjoy. Filled with gorgeous illustrations, we follow the journey of newcomer Freddy Fox as he starts his first day in a new school. The other students must go from viewing him for his differences to seeing him as one of their own and, eventually, a friend.

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Book Opens the Door For Teachers and Parents to Discuss the Floyd Case and Racism With Kids

A CLASS DIVIDED: A STORY ABOUT RACISM

By Pat Bishop, Michelle Ranjo Bishop, and Summer Bishop

 

I AM EQUAL:

NEW CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK HELPS KIDS SEE FIRSTHAND WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST. IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY TO LEARN THAT DISCRIMINATION IS WRONG

 

In a society that seems to think that some of its citizens are less than due to the color of their skin or where they are from, it can be difficult for kids to realize that what makes them different also makes them special. Our differences are what makes us a great society. It is what leads us to inspire others and to make a lasting and positive impact on the world we all share.

How can kids and even adults learn this lesson? By being put in the position of being discriminated against themselves. A CLASS DIVIDED, the first book in the KIDS EMPATHY SERIES, does exactly that in a unique and powerful way that kids can understand.

School is in session for Ms. Owl’s class. Freddy the Fox is new to school and, because he is different, is being ignored and discriminated against by the others. One by one his fellow students come to understand that being different is not a bad thing and instead of being ignored and discriminated against, we should accept everyone for who they are.

This book teaches the power of empathy and shows us all just how much alike we really are deep down inside.

Beautiful illustrations accompany the lessons taught in this story.

“It teaches them that by not judging others, they can make the world a better place,” Pat Bishop, one of the authors says.

In A CLASS DIVIDED, readers will learn:

  • How we can embrace our differences

  • How not judging others can make us our best selves

  • The importance of working together to battle discrimination

  • How we can discover the uniqueness each of us have

  • Why it is better to decide for our-selves what kind of character someone else has

  • And much more

Summer Bishop, also known as LITTLE SAMI is a 7 year old who helped create A CLASS DIVIDED and contributed to the story. Along with Patrick Bishop, and Michelle Ranjo Bishop.

Available for interviews and guest blog posting. Book available upon request. Book available at amazon and littlesami.com.