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Children's LiteratureThis is a thoroughly delightful story that will keep even the adult reader in suspense until the ending. Daydreaming Kenya loves school and wants to please her teacher, but she hears only half the directions and brings in a tarantula instead of the word for her favorite pet, and ice cream that melts instead of the word for her favorite food. Kenya finally succeeds when assigned to choose a favorite adjective. Buoyed by her discovery that all the colors of the rainbow mixed together make black, Kenya delights teacher and students with her word. Teachers can use this book as an exciting introduction to writing, including parts of speech and vocabulary work. Supported by Johnson's vibrant illustrations of a doe-eyed, inquisitive Kenya, Trice provides a healthy menu of reasons why black is beautiful. 2006, Charlesbridge, and Ages 5 to 9.
—Mary Bowman-Kruhm, Ph.D.