|Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite
The Black Dot by Dr Scharmaine L Baker is an adorable story that addresses the issue of color that comes with cultural background and ethnicity. Black Dot is surrounded by White Dots everywhere. There are White Dots in the classroom, cafeteria, in the library, and at the soccer game. You name it, they are everywhere. Black Dot is scared and wants to go to a school where there are more Black Dots. Mummy finds a school where there are more Black Dots and Black Dot is happy. Finally he grows up and doesn't feel like a Black Dot anymore as everyone is just like him. The book throws light on how a child feels going to an environment where his cultural background is different and he feels uncomfortable.
The book has a good message for readers which tells them to be tolerant and accept people from diverse backgrounds, and make them feel welcome and comfortable in schools, churches, and their workplaces. The illustrations are lovely and they convey the concept with clarity. It's a good bedtime storybook for children and can also be used for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries. Books with a good concept and a social message help children understand the message and concept easily when narrated via a story and colorful pictures. This story helps to bridge the cultural gap that often exists between people and brings them together.