Shades of Black

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The best-selling picture book is now available as a board book.

I am Black / I am Unique / I am the creamy white frost in vanilla ice cream / and the milky smooth brown in a chocolate bar...
Using simple poetic language and stunning photographs, Sandra and Myles Pinkney have created a remarkable book of affirmation for African-American children. Photographic portraits and striking descriptions of varied skin tones, hair texture, and eye color ...

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Overview


The best-selling picture book is now available as a board book.

I am Black / I am Unique / I am the creamy white frost in vanilla ice cream / and the milky smooth brown in a chocolate bar...
Using simple poetic language and stunning photographs, Sandra and Myles Pinkney have created a remarkable book of affirmation for African-American children. Photographic portraits and striking descriptions of varied skin tones, hair texture, and eye color convey a strong sense of pride in a unique heritage. A joyous celebration of the rich diversity among African-Americans.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

The beauty of African-American chidren is celebrated in this joyous picture book.
School Library Journal

Indeed, there are many shades of black, and they are beautifuly exemplified in this photo album that depicts the varied palette that makes up black skin.
Booklist

This bold, beautifully photographed book should be a first choice for most libraries and will be especially popular during Black History Month.
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Children's Literature
Originally published as a picture book, this book won the Pinkney's many accolades and awards for their affirmative message. Now offered as a board book, this book will let even younger children enjoy looking at the delightful photographs of African-American kids. What many may find startling is that the kids shown in the book range from dark ebony to almost white and every shade in between. Hair color and texture and eye color are all the things that make us different and also alike. The photographs are engaging and the message is clear—it really does not matter what color you are, you are still beautiful. I really loved some of the descriptions and comparisons: "I am the creamy white frost in vanilla ice cream," comes from a light-skinned African-American boy and his sister enjoying a vanilla ice cream cone. The text and picture on the opposite page feature a dark-skinned boy eating chocolate and the text describes him as "the milky smooth brown in a chocolate bar." Using food as colors to compare against skin tones is really clever; Sandra Pinkney also compares hair to wool and grass and eyes to a variety of stones. A wonderful book for any home, school or public library. 2006 (orig. 2000), Cartwheel/Scholastic, Ages 1 to 6.
—Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439802512
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/12/2005
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 233,277
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

    Recommended for people who wants to show their children the different shades of black (African American).

    This book shows my child the different shades of black. I tell her all the time she should be proud of who she is and the unique shade of black she is.

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

    I loved it

    Overall i would say i loved the book.i think there should be some books like this for different races or mixed children to help then understand who they are. Also that there are variations even between brothers and sisters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2008

    Positively Encouraging

    It is so important for our children not only to understand their heritage, but to also embrace and be proud of it. This book does just that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    I LOVED IT

    I found this book at our local library and had to buy it. My toddler loves to look at the different children. I love the celebration of the different shades of our children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2006

    Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!

    I found this book at my local store and instantly thought that it was awesome! I went back and purchased several more copies for friends and relatives small children, they too have enjoyed it. I am glad to see this book and how it celebrates our diversity from one end of the spectrum to the other.

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    Posted February 20, 2010

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