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Capture the Flag
Kate Messner


The Colors of Us PDF Print E-mail

What You Need to Know:
• The Colors of Us is a gorgeous celebration of cultural individuality.
• This picture book would make a great read aloud for all ages.
Sweet Book Summary:
A young girls’ comment, “Brown is brown, Mom”, brings about a beautiful story of individuality and the celebration of all our different skin colors. It’s a story that goes beyond the usual black and white. Its message is we are all gorgeous shades from honey to cinnamon to chocolate brown.  Katz’s descriptions are all food-related, allowing young children to relate what they know (food) to what they don’t (race relations). This book is a paradigm shift from the usual cultural primers. It opens our eyes to the diversity among us in a new way. The illustrations are bold and eye-catching. Children and adults can always benefit by being reminded we are all the same on the inside and marvelously different on the outside, while simultaneously enjoying a wonderful story. 
Author: Karen Katz Illustrator: Karen Katz Published: 2002, 32 pages
Themes: Excellent Read-Aloud, Diversity, Ethnicity/Culture, Family Life, Individuality
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The Colors of Us
1 Tuesday, 16 February 2010 23:30
Julie Schaut
I LOVE this book and have used it to discuss diversity and the beauty of skin of all colors with my children and students. The description of the shades of skin are delightful.

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