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Colors Come from God . . . Just Like Me! Paperback – January, 1996

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Writing for her "Ethiopian princess"/ granddaughter, Forche has produced a book that speaks to the needs of all children to feel acceptance and pride in who and how they are. Using the book of Genesis (with biblical references cited on each page), she stresses the variety in all creation. Of obvious interest to African American children ("God made me a beautiful brown" is a leitmotif), the book so employs the rainbow theme that it can speak to every child. Unfortunately, Cox's large watercolor-and-ink illustrations, while workmanlike, are not up to the job at hand. Likewise, Forche's vacillation between rhyming quatrains and free verse is jarring when read aloud; but even given these caveats, the spirit of this book is beyond reproach and its message desperately needed. Ages 3-9.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; 1 edition (January 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687006503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687006502
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,443,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a parent in a transracial adoption, I am continually frustrated by the anorexic selection of role models for my African-American child in children's literature. I try to surround my child with deafening messages of self-love and self-worth and celebrate the beautiful brown hue! This book takes passages of the bible and translates it into self-empowering beliefs for a child of any color. The illustrations are warm and well-done, the text is simple, but poetic. The book itself is sturdy and can take a beating. I adore this book. It cost a little more than most other children's books, but it's well worth it!
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As I read COLORS COME FROM GOD JUST LIKE ME I wished that I had a book like this growing up. Many Black Children are exposed daily to sterotypes and negative images (from society and the media) regarding their veil (skin tone) and because of this they begin to view their veil as inferior. This book focuses on the many WONDERFUL colors God gave the world including the MANY skin tones that Blacks posess. As I read this story to my daughter I hope she recieves the same message I obtained, my physical attributes are not inferior, I am beautiful because God created me.
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I bought this book for my two youngest grandchildren who are 2 and 4. My daughter said that they loved it. There is so much out there to destroy a child's self-esteem, that it is nice to find a book that will affirm it for them. I hope they get years of enjoyment from this book.
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I love this book. My favorite uncle used to say that all people are God's masterpieces because God sometimes mixes colors to make bonus colors and more beautiful people. "God picked out our colors," this very astute and loving man used to say. "He wanted more beauty for the world so He was always thinking up more beautiful colors to add to it."
This book affirms that sentiment; this book is a very good reflection on diversity, individuality and being human. Three cheers for this book!
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I bought this book for my son, but it focuses on a girl throughout. If I had a daughter, it would be great. As the title has God in it, it is very bible and religion oriented which might not be for some people. I just wish I had realized that it wouldn't have drawings of girls and boys. Doesn't really get the message I wanted to convey across to my son.
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Dirty Sally
I bought this book for my oldest daughter but it offered so much more for her. I can't stand it when someone makes an ignorant comment about how different my children look. Our family is very diverse and we are always faced with justifying our ethnic legitimacy. If I hear, "She's cute to be dark" one more time. I don't know what I will do. This book is very encouraging for children all over the world who feel like they are "different". Oftentimes, biracial children pose that heartbreaking question, "why was I born?" in Colors come from God ...just like me, the author does an excellent job making those who are different feel validated. "God made my goldfish swim round and round, And God made me a beautiful brown". God made us all beautiful, just the way we are and I commend Mrs. Forche for helping young people to achieve self worth through biblical scriptures. I highly recommend this book.
I am an author myself and I have written a book entitled Dirty Sally...The untold stories of mixed race children who find a new identity, love, faith and forgiveness through God. This Christian based children's book seeks to raise awareness within the bi-racial community. Allegorical tales detail the unspoken realities facing multiracial children, and encourage young readers on how they might make better choices by referring to biblical scripture as a teaching tool. I am also available on Amazon.com. Thank you for your support. God Bless
Myrtice J. Edwards
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