Black Is Brown Is Tan

People, Identity & Culture
Author(s):
Arnold Adoff
Illustrator(s):
Emily Arnold McCully
Age Group:
4-8
Publisher:
HarperCollins Children’s Books
ISBN:
978-0064436441
Year:
People, Identity & Culture

Originally published in 1973, Black Is Brown Is Tan was the first children's book to feature an interracial family. The author uses lyrical text--an African American mother, "the skin color of chocolate," and a Caucasian father, "who's skin is not white, but light in color with tans and pinks and all the colors of the rainbow," --to paint a portrait of a loving and natural family setting.

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