Stop Sabotaging Social Sensitivity - How Literature Can Teach Tolerance

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Interview Questions How do the characters in your book deal with their cultural differences? Why do you believe LIFE IS PREDESTINED and how does that affect the course of events in your book? What can people do to CULTIVATE CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS with family and friends? What books would you recommend to people who want to learn about other cultures?

The Washington Post reports that violence against Muslims jumped 70 percent over the past year. The increase was attributed to such factors as Muslim-bashing on radio talk shows and tensions surrounding the war in Iraq.

How can educators and parents make sure their students and children learn to recognize unfair stereotypes portrayed in the media and society and ensure that they develop tolerance for other cultures?

“Literature is a powerful tool for helping children and adults break down bias,” says B.J. Joseph, author of His Wonders to Perform. “Books offer a window through which we can cultivate understanding and learn to develop respect for others.”

A secondary education teacher and dramatic storyteller raised on the south side of Chicago, B.J. inspires readers to open their minds and hearts with her dramatic tale, His Wonders to Perform, a fictional story about three women from different ethnic backgrounds who share a rich history of adventure and life experiences, despite their cultural differences.

Here B.J. shares three things multicultural books like hers offer that can help you and your children increase social sensitivity and foster tolerance for others.


Amplified understanding of various religions.


Deeper respect for different cultures.


Increased compassion for other people.

“Teaching tolerance is an ongoing process,” says B.J. “That’s why it’s important to start today.” Don’t sit back and simply watch our nation’s celebration of diversity disintegrate. Let literature open up dialogue, expand your understanding and cultivate communities

committed to tolerance. Be transported instantly into a world of adventure and romance!

Sample the first two chapters of His Wonders to Perform at click on “bookstore”


B.J. Joseph

(732) 627-9395 click on “bookstore”

iUniverse, Inc.; 2003, ISBN: 0-595-27445-5; $21.95 click on “bookstore”

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