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Shades of People

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Cocoa, tan, rose, and almond—people come in lots of shades.

Even in the same family there are differences. This thoughtful exploration of one of our most noticeable physical traits uses vibrant photographs of children and a short but astute text to inspire young children both to take notice and to look beyond the obvious.

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Overview

Cocoa, tan, rose, and almond—people come in lots of shades.

Even in the same family there are differences. This thoughtful exploration of one of our most noticeable physical traits uses vibrant photographs of children and a short but astute text to inspire young children both to take notice and to look beyond the obvious.

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Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Clear photographs of children's faces show a variety of shades of skin in families, at school, at the playground, in parks, at the beach, and in the city. "There's creamy, ivory, coffee, cocoa, copper and tan." A dark skinned boy paints a picture of a person at school and is not sure what color to make the skin. "Our skin is just our covering, like wrapping paper. And you can't tell what someone is like from the color of their skin." The photographs of smiling, healthy children of all hues getting along with each other and being friends make the point, along with the simple text. The book ends: "In the world, there's light and dark, and everything in between." The photograph shows children of various skin shades running together across a field of grass filled with clover. Parents, teachers, and children will enjoy looking at these pictures and talking about them. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This book is filled with wonderful photographs of happy, smiling, inquisitive, trusting, and adorable children—all with varying skin tones, hair colors and textures, and facial features. "Have you noticed that people come in many different shades?" is the opening sentence, accompanied by framed head shots of youngsters. It is followed on the next page by, "Not colors, exactly, but shades." The text is minimal, with approximately 3 to 10 words per page. The last page features a large photograph of eight little hands of varying shades. The message is clear and to the point: "Our skin is just our covering, like wrapping paper. And, you can't tell what someone is like from the color of their skin." A good introduction to racial and ethnic diversity.—Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Author and photographer join forces again in this photographic essay on skin color. Having previously tackled family members, feelings and faiths (May Ways: How Families Practice Their Beliefs and Religions, 2006, etc.), they now showcase-in full color-many smiling, appealing, friendly, loving, creative, thoughtful, hugging, eye-catching young ones. The connection, rather than the difference, is that all these children are many different shades, "not colors, exactly . . . . / There's creamy, ivory, / sandy and peach, / coffee, cocoa, / copper and tan." And all of this is "our covering, like wrapping paper." The authors take care to state explicitly that "you can't tell what someone is like from the color of their skin." Children of many different ethnicities are here, sometimes in the same family. It's a heartwarming effort that teachers and families can embrace and will doubtless find its way into many a curriculum on celebrating difference. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823423057
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 121,469
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Kelly is an author and clinical psychologist who has collaborated on numerous books with Shelley Rotner, including Feeling Thankful and About Twins. A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, she now lives in Austin, Texas.

Shelley Rotner is a writer, teacher, museum educator, and photographer whose books for children include Lots of Feelings, Everybody Works, and Every Season. Her photographs have appeared in National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, Time, and other magazines. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This is a wonderful book to continually read to my three-year old, but also my older children because it shows the diversity of various ethnicities. We do not associate each ethnicity to a color, because in reality, we aren't any solid color, we're humans made up of different shades and no two shades of people are identical! This book introduces this and racial diversity to the young mind but also reminds our mature minds reading it, that we are ALL beautiful SHADES of PEOPLE!

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