The Adventures of Quintarus written by Dr. Tracy Williams and illustrated by Abira Das is a wonderful book that celebrates diversity and differences. This cute rhyming book begins with the introduction of Quintarus, who is biracial. The book reads, “My dad’s skin is black. My mom’s skin is white. I am part of both. My skin is just right!”
I really enjoyed this book! The pictures are colorful and engaging and the text is easy to read and great for young children. This early reader book is ideal for a read-aloud book in a classroom or at home. The Adventures of Quintarus can also lead to wonderful conversations about different families, diversity, etc.
Language and Learning Tips
After reading this book with your child, discuss what the term biracial means. Vocabulary words such as unique and exceptional can be excellent words to define and become part of your child’s lexicon. Talk about your own family! Do you have a big or small family? What do you and your family do together? To work on phonemic awareness, create a rhyming activity with the book. For example, when reading this passage, “My three sisters look out for me. Sometimes they are sweet. Sometimes they annoy me. From my head to my feet.” What two words rhyme?
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Dr. Tracy Williams
Dr. Tracy Williams obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology (major) and History (minor) from Charleston Southern University and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Region One Medical Center (formerly known as The Med) in Memphis, Tennessee. It was here that she researched the use of unfractionated heparin in high-risk pregnancy, later published in the Journal of Obstetric Medicine (2016). After residency, she stayed on as the ER/shock trauma pharmacist at the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center until meeting her husband and relocating to South Carolina. She presided over thirty-one pharmacies across South Carolina and Georgia for five years as their district manager until they were sold in June of 2020. She is currently employed by CVS Pharmacy in her hometown of Summerville as a pharmacy manager. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her children, running marathons and half-marathons, reading books, quilting, and gardening. She and her husband currently live in Summerville, South Carolina, with their eight children and two cocker spaniels.