Tan to Tamarind: Poems About the Color Brown

People, Identity & Culture
Race & Racism
Author(s):
Malathi Michelle Iyengar
Illustrator(s):
Jamel Akib
Age Group:
4-8
Publisher:
Children's Book Press
ISBN:
978-0892392278
Year:
People, Identity & Culture
Race & Racism

This collection of poetry asks young readers: When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Through colorful poetry, it travels the rich spectrum of shades within the color brown, from swirls of henna decorating ochre hands and feet at an Indian wedding to cinnamon lips smiling over a cup of café con leche to leaves drifting like stars onto upturned russet faces in the fall. The poetry, along with the pastel illustrations, encourages young ones to embrace each other's differences while building self-esteem and a healthy self-image.

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