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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dingman / McKay; 2nd edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892281031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892281036
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A wonderful book for preschool and elementary age children, Brown Like Me is a fun and inventive way to encourage young children in multi-racial families to take pride in themselves and their appearance. The little girl, Noelle, is an African American adoptee raised in a Caucasian family. She identifies the color of brown in everything around her - brown leaves, brown sand, brown eyes, and brown skin - ending with the words, "I am strong brown." It is easy to reinforce this concept by finding brown with your child in their everyday world. The accompanying pictures are very appealing for both children and adults. Share this book with your child - it will speak right to their heart, and yours. --Review by Allison Martin<br /><br />A young African- American girl named Noelle is encouraged by her white adoptive family to seek out the beauty of being brown-skinned...the result is a book which encourages youngsters to celebrate themselves and the diversity around them. --Today's Librarian<br /><br />As a parent and as a mental health professional, I recommend this book to parents and children of all colors. In celebrating families and the color brown this book enriches all of us and is sure to delight a whole new generation of strong brown children. --Jacqueline Wallen, P.H.D

A young African- American girl named Noelle is encouraged by her white adoptive family to seek out the beauty of being brown-skinned...the result is a book which encourages youngsters to celebrate themselves and the diversity around them. --Today's Librarian

As a parent and as a mental health professional, I recommend this book to parents and children of all colors. In celebrating families and the color brown this book enriches all of us and is sure to delight a whole new generation of strong brown children. --Jacqueline Wallen, P.H.D

About the Author

This book was written jointly by Noelle Lamperti , her friends and family when she was little. She is grown and now lives in Vermont with her husband and new son Wynn.

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To the family and child in this story.
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Mainly because the message was a bit muddled, and the images a bit ugly.
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One of them is pretty creepy, so we don't read it much.
Adoptive Mommy

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Shehee on August 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As transracial adoptive parents, we looked high and low for books about African American children adopted by caucasian parents. My daughter, 4, loves this book about Noelle's search for brown things that help her feel as though she belongs. Brown Like Me is a wonderful, thoughtful and joyful book about how a family can look very different, yet feel so much love.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bonacker on November 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is meant to be a celebration of feeling joyful about your skin color, but my daughter and I read it a few times and then put it away feeling a bit bummed out by it. Mainly because the message was a bit muddled, and the images a bit ugly. A little girl -- black, but the rest of her family is white -- goes in search of self-affirmation by looking around her for things that are "brown like me." Am I the only one who finds it less than joyful, less than celebratory of the beauty around us, that among the things she finds to compare herself to include an ugly rug and the old brown siding on the house? She finds brown in the world around her, but the things she finds are a bit sad, and since this was kind of an autobiographical book done by an actual little girl in these circumstances, I felt more sad alienation than warm embrace. I'm not looking for a hard lesson in reality, for my toddler daughter, I'm looking for fun, happy, enriching reading experiences that make her feel good. If you want a truly joyful, skin-color-affirming book (especially one that's good for a child growing up in a multiracial family), definitely try "THE SKIN YOU'RE IN" instead of this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Zimmerman on April 23, 2010
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The story line in the book is really good but the photos are very old (sixties or seventies) and re-produced so many times, they're grainy and of poor quality. Just needs to be updated w/ much better photos!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Hogue on January 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As an adoptive mother of three it has been so hard to find a book that focuses on transracial adoption without an international topic. My daughter is three years old and, like Noelle, is intrigued by all things brown. I find it refreshing that this book is written in a child's perspective. It is simply written and the photos hold Grace's attention. This book would be a wonderful addition to any family's library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Cabe on November 29, 2008
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I was a little disappointed. I expected the book to focus more on trans-racial adoption, but I failed to see that. In this book the writer simply looks for things that are brown like her. Maybe on the child level this is a good book about the color brown, but my son much prefers, "Black is Brown is Tan" and "I Don't Have Your Eyes" over this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cmig on February 19, 2008
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A good book to add to your young one's library whether s/he is brown or white. The pictures are a mix of photos and drawings that lend themselves to wonderful discussions. My first read I was not that impressed but as I shared it with my Granddaughter and saw the pictures and heard the words through her ~ I was hooked because she was hooked!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adoptive Mommy on January 31, 2010
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The content of the story is great, especially for kids who are adopted transracially and are beginning to notice that their skin is a different color than their parents. However, I HATE the illustrations. One of them is pretty creepy, so we don't read it much. I'm thinking about making my own picture book using pictures from magazines/photos/etc. and laminating it for my kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By emily murray on April 16, 2010
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This book is very sweet. It's autobiographical, and very helpful for Caucasian families adopting African or African-American children. In the book her family is Caucasian. We can't wait to read it with our baby!!
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