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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (June 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823423050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823423057
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 10.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 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 END --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Filled with wonderful photographs....A good introduction to racial and ethnic diversity." (School Library Journal )

"Beautiful....Message-driven but charming, this will enrich and spark discussions of diversity." (Booklist ) --Booklist

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The photographs were very professional and the minimal dialogue compliments them nicely.
D. Fowler
Because children love to look at other children, this book is a great way to introduce conversation about one major difference - skin tone.
Book Lovin' Mama
He had been asking questions about why certain people had different colored skin and this really helped!
Jenn P.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Book Lovin' Mama on April 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
Shades of People, published in 2009, is a fantastic introduction of the diverse skin tones of people. Typically at around three years of age, children begin to notice that not all people look alike. Because children love to look at other children, this book is a great way to introduce conversation about one major difference - skin tone.

Over fifty photographs of real children of various ethnic backgrounds and in shades ranging from "ivory" to "very dark" adorn the pages of this Scholastic book by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly. Children are described as creamy, sandy, copper, cocoa, almond and rose. Because the authors focus on the word shades rather than colors, they evoke the idea that all people belong to the same color scale, but land in different areas of that scale, thus drawing attention to what people have in common as well as their differences.

I love that all the pictures show happy children. Sometimes they are alone or with one or many friends. Sometimes they are with their family members who may or may not be the same shade. The book also includes mixed families and adoptive families to show that you can't even tell about a person's family by merely looking at them.

The authors' comparison of skin to wrapping paper is appropriate for children and really helps my preschoolers understand that skin is just a covering. After reading this book, we hard boiled a brown egg and a white egg. We talked about how they are the same and different on the outside. Then we peeled them both and discussed what we saw on the inside. We had a great discussion about skin as a covering for the inside of the body. That led to questions about how we don't think the same even though our muscles and bones are made the same.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Fowler TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
There are all kinds of people, but have you ever noticed how many different "shades" there are? "Not colors, exactly, but shades." If you look through the pages of this book there are many different children of all shades. You can see creamy, ivory, sandy, peach, coffee, cocoa, copper, tan, pink, rose, almond, "shades of gold," bronze and brown. Some people range from very light to very dark and "you can't tell what someone is like from the color of their skin." Some families have many different shades. Just take a look around you and think about all the different shades that you can see. Perhaps you can find a child in this book who has the same shade as you do!

This is a very simple, yet beautiful book with a powerful message. Each page has at least one full color photograph while a few have several. There are many lovely children's faces of many different shades, but they all have one thing in common and that is the fact that they are little human beings. The photographs were very professional and the minimal dialogue compliments them nicely. I think this is one book that won't become "dated" and would be a great addition to any shelf of any shade!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne M. Lettieri on December 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is an asset to any children's collection. However, I think in an effort to keep it simple, one important type of skin is omitted however, kids with freckles. Since freckled people have two colors this could have been used to make the point nicely.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Max'smommie on August 23, 2010
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I bought this book for my five year old son who has just started noticing the different races. The pictures are great and the way they describe skin like wrapping paper really helped him understand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenn P. on February 7, 2011
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Beautiful images and easily understood content by my 3 year old! He had been asking questions about why certain people had different colored skin and this really helped!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ara Brown on June 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book that begins the conversation on differences. The photography is beautiful and invites all types of individuals into the discussion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on April 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a school counselor, honoring and teaching diversity to students is so important. Books that celebrate differences are a useful way to reach out to kids. If you are not reading books like these...start! Teaching students about diversity helps reduce conflict and bullying. I'm a huge believer in this. Shades of People is going to help me break down those walls, hopefully before they even go up. The author chose to use the word 'shades' instead of 'colors.' That was new language for younger students regarding their thoughts about skin color. They were able to apply those words in a really caring way towards themselves and others. Um, love it! The actual photographs of kids was also a hit, because it feels relateable. You are going to want this one for your shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clarice A. Baker on February 27, 2012
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My four year old son had recently asked me why there are people that are different colors than he was. This book totally helped him understand that just because a person is a different color than him they are no different than he is. It really helped me open up a discussion about race with him. I explained to him that just because someone is a different color doesn't mean he is better or worse than he is. We are all the same.
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