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Nina Bonita

Nina Bonita

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by Ana Maria Machado, Rosana Faria
     
 

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This beautiful and charming story deals with a sensitive subject in a sensitive way. "Black is beautiful" to a little white rabbit and while trying to discover the secret that will make him black, readers get a funny, yet educational introduction to genetics. Full color.

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This beautiful and charming story deals with a sensitive subject in a sensitive way. "Black is beautiful" to a little white rabbit and while trying to discover the secret that will make him black, readers get a funny, yet educational introduction to genetics. Full color.

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Publishers Weekly
This enchanting story of diversity, in which a very white rabbit falls in love with a very dark girl and longs to discover the secret for being so dark and pretty, juxtaposes soft illustrations with simple text. It is perfect for reading alone or for group sharing. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-A young girl living in a coastal South American town has a blacker skin tone than any of her family members or playmates. A white rabbit, entranced by the girl's skin, "dark and glossy, just like a panther in the rain," implores her to reveal her beauty secrets. Nina Bonita, who doesn't really know why she's so dark, gives the rabbit three ridiculous possibilities, which he duplicates with disappointing results. Persistently, the rabbit asks for a fourth explanation, and the final one is provided by the girl's mother-the child is the same color as her black grandmother. The white rabbit, satisfied with a truthful answer, proceeds to marry a black rabbit and produce a plethora of children of various hues. With its unique setting and engaging characterizations, this gentle and entertaining exploration of mixed-race families is appealing. Soft, colored-pencil illustrations depict Nina Bonita and the rabbit in the larger context of a diverse village where people live comfortably despite superficial differences. This translation has retained the rhythmic cadences of the Spanish language, making it suitable for reading aloud.-Tana Elias, Meadowridge Branch Library, Madison, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780916291631
Publisher:
Kane/Miller Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Series:
Children's Books from Around the World
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
9.31(w) x 7.55(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a beautiful! Many times little black girl are raised to think that being dark skinned is ugly. As a dark skinned black girl it was funny that I never knew I was dark skinned until middle school where I went to a majority black school. Before middle school I went to a majority white school and never heard anyone talk about my dark skin. In my household all four of us kids were dark skinned along with our father so are parents never mentioned anything negative about our dark skin, because it was just our skin. Our skin didn’t determine our beauty, personality, our intellect, or how others saw us. It’s sad that it’s black people who make other black weather its parents or children in school think they are not good enough, because of the color of their skin. As a black woman I love my black skin and I want to be as black as I can be! =) This book is so cute and I believe it’s a great book for kids that may think them being different is not a good thing