I'm a Pretty Little Black Girl!

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I'M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL! introduces adorable Mia, who wakes with her hair just-a-going every which-a-ways! With her abundant energy and joy leading the way, readers follow Mia as she plays with her friends who are all shades, shapes and sizes. There's tall Kia, Keisha the reader, Charlotte her best friend, Dina Rose-Marie the artist, Imani the dancer, Anna who loves sports, Ruby the singer, and honey-haired Tracy. Mia finds that Pretty is within herself and her friends, and being pretty is way beyond what ...
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Overview

I'M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL! introduces adorable Mia, who wakes with her hair just-a-going every which-a-ways! With her abundant energy and joy leading the way, readers follow Mia as she plays with her friends who are all shades, shapes and sizes. There's tall Kia, Keisha the reader, Charlotte her best friend, Dina Rose-Marie the artist, Imani the dancer, Anna who loves sports, Ruby the singer, and honey-haired Tracy. Mia finds that Pretty is within herself and her friends, and being pretty is way beyond what the mirror shows.
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Publishers Weekly
09/30/2013
In this first book in Bynum's planned I'm a Girl Collection, heroine Mia isn't lacking in self-esteem: "When I see myself in the mirror, I twirl,/ And I yell, ‘I'm a pretty little black girl!' " Mia gleefully heads to school, where she celebrates her friends and their skin colors, albeit with an unfortunate reliance on food metaphors: "My friend Kia... is tall and tan,/ My friend Keisha is the color of pecan;/ My best friend Charlotte... is like milk in coffee./ Dina-Rosemarie is the color of toffee." Parod's digital illustrations hint at the girls' individual interests (Ruby sings into a microphone, Dina-Rosemarie paints on an easel), but Bynum's lines sometimes take puzzling turns ("Her dark eyes shine like marbles/ in a brown paper bag!"), and Mia's repetitive praise of her friends and energetic descriptions of her nightly habits (which involve more twirling and mirror-gazing) cause the story to drag. The message about having pride and confidence in brown skin and hair that goes "every which-a-ways" is important, but the chaotic narration gets in the way of its delivery. Ages 4–9. (Oct.)
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The message about having pride and confidence in brown skin and hair that goes 'every which-a-ways' is important -- Publisher's Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615785516
  • Publisher: Dreamtitle Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/7/2013
  • Series: I'm a Girl! Collection Series , #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 32,480
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Betty K. Bynum is an actress, writer, singer / songwriter and entrepreneur. She wrote I'M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL, and has 3 more books ready: I'M A LOVELY LITTLE LATINA (Spring '14); HOORAY! I'M A GIRL IN THE USA! (Fall '14); I'M AN AWESOME ASIAN GIRL (Spring '15) in a planned 12 book series. She created apparel for girls and is currently working on a line of Madame Alexander dolls based on the characters.
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  • Posted March 24, 2014

    I simply adored this book. I purchased two, one for each of my 2

    I simply adored this book. I purchased two, one for each of my 2 year old nieces and they were able to sit still actually listen to the book. The art work is amazing as well, and the different shades of the characters allowed them (my nieces) to connect the characters with a family member. So precious! The rhyming is simple and the story is sweet.

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    Posted December 18, 2013

    What a beautiful book. Any little girl would enjoy reading this.

    What a beautiful book. Any little girl would enjoy reading this. It lets every little girl know that they are special no matter what they look like. We are all pretty in our own special way. I read many books to my children by far this has been the best. Awesome!

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