Years ago, when The Whole Human Race© was written, I was living in Chicago. It was my first "big city" experience. I grew up in a small town in Ohio and lived in the country, so being surrounded by so many different people was unique to me. Each day on my way to work I watched people from all different walks of life. I saw them laugh. I saw them cry. I saw them coo to their babies and hug their children. I saw them wave hello to friends and smile at strangers. There were so many different people from different places. Some spoke different languages and wore the clothes of their native cultures. Some spoke with sign language.
I loved trying to understand how people were communicating with each other even though I didn't always understand the words they were saying. Separately, all of them had their own unique story but TOGETHER they were all connected by something very simple - they were a part of the whole human race. Regardless of where they were from, the color of their skin, their religion, who they loved, how young or old they were — there was a universal language that was understood by all.
Communication. Verbal and non-verbal. Smiles. Frowns. Tears. Waves. Hurrahs. Groans. Laughter. Body language. It was all so simple - this universal language. I thought, if we began by teaching our children and reminding everyone of this message, we could begin to change the world and make it a more peaceful place.
Tim McFadden — Author
Imagine the World Project — The Whole Human Race©
Join our project where students are encouraged to imagine the world! Created by author Tim McFadden and teacher Laura Seelie to inspire kids to embrace the concept of multiculturalism and diversity through their unique artistic interpretation of the message of the children’s book The Whole Human Race©.
A fun and interactive piece of the Imagine the World Project is our animated feature that we create for each school. Kids get to read the book through our animated, storytelling characters who appear in the original version of The Whole Human Race.
We have received so many letters and drawings from children all across the country telling us what this book means to them.
Children from pre-school to sixth grade have sent us wonderful artwork and inspiring letters representing their bright vision of diversity. Here, Kelly Smith reads to Mrs. Schug's 3rd grade class in Monroeville, Ohio - population 1428.
If you’ve read the book, you might be looking for a reader who inspired one of the kids.
Well, you found her! This girl from South Africa was the inspiration for Zula!
This letter and picture traveled all the way from South Africa.
Steve Rosenthal, Executive Director and Founder of Cross-Cultural Solutions handed out
The Whole Human Race to local villagers. This was one girl's touching response.
Some people have eyes they may never see. Their sight comes from within and it's as clear as can be.
Ears can here speeches and car tire screeches and waves hitting beaches and where ever sound reaches.
Some lips have sung anthems, cried for freedom it's true! Other lips in some way may have spoken for you.
A voice can welcome you or give you reason to leave. It's a thing that has power you had better believe!
A hand can reach out to another in need and lift them up to a place where they're proud and they are free.
We are ALL part of what's beautiful about The Whole Human Race!