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PreSchool-Grade 2–This picture book takes a cheerful look at human diversity by focusing on skin. Rhyming verses describe the many experiences that can be had in it ("The skin you have fun in;/the skin that you run in;/the skin that you hop,/skip and jump in the sun in…"); the different shades in which it comes ("Your butterscotch gold skin,/your lemon tart bold skin;/your mountain high apple pie,/cookie dough rolled skin!"); and the things that it is not ("It's not tall skin/or short skin,/or best in the sport skin"). The poem ends by emphasizing the importance of the " 'You' who's within" and pointing out that skin is something that makes individuals different and similar at the same time. Tyler's cadenced language makes this a very rhythmic read-aloud. Csicsko's vibrant and energetic illustrations are a perfect complement to the text and feature stylized children with elliptical faces and flowing fingers. Differences in the appearances of the youngsters go beyond skin color and include hairstyles, freckles, and eye shape. While somewhat lengthy–the metaphors seem to go on and on–this volume is an affirming addition to the collection of books dealing with self-esteem and multiculturalism.–Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WA
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"Brightly colored, engaging illustrations . . . accompanied by a poem by Michael Tyler that celebrates all kinds of skin." -- San Antonio Express-News

"Easy vocabulary and bouncy rhythm." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"They deliver a message about the beauty of diversity and the importance of accepting one another." -- The Dallas Morning News

"Using simple words and colorful images . . . offers the message that everyone is different, but the same, too." -- Chicago Parent
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Children's Museum (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975958003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975958001
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Loventhal on March 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As a Jewish father of four who is very conscientious about the social development of his children, this book will become the cornerstone of that concern. Every child should have it. Every adult should read it. Every school, library, synagogue, church and mosque should stock it. The Skin You Live In is what America needs in order to finally become "America, The Beautiful". The artwork and illustrations only further serve this point. The book is simply beautiful and transcends any other children's book ever written to overcome what divides us.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Shopper on February 17, 2012
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The stated age for this book is four and up. It's a beautifully illustrated book, but the language is so figurative and complex that I think it's more appropriate for older children. Here are some sample passages so that you may decide for yourself if this book is appropriate for your child's developmental level (my daughter is a new five-year-old):

To describe the different shades of skin (there are several pages like this):
"Your pumpkin pie slice skin,
your caramel corn nice skin;
your toffee wrapped,
ginger snapped
cinnamon spice skin!
Your butterscotch gold skin,
your lemon tart bold skin;
your mountain high apple pie,
cookie dough rolled skin!"

To explain the purpose of skin:
"It's trembling fright skin
and cringes at night skin,
but turn off the lights
to make birthday-cake
bright skin."

To discourage stereotypes (This part really confused my daughter. I had to explain these were BAD things to think. She seemed confused by all these negative thoughts that suddenly appeared in such a happy, celebratory book).
"It's not dumb skin or smart skin,
or keep us apart skin,
or weak skin or strong skin,
I'm right and you're wrong skin.
Nor she skin or he skin,
you're better than me skin;
I'm lesser than you skin,
it's me against you skin."

To make you appreciate yourself. This was right after the stereotype part, and my daughter said, "This is still bad right?" I think the language was just too complex:
"You're a gifted creation
with imagination.
You're a new day desire to reach even higher."

My daughter told me that the meaning of the book was you needed to take care of your skin and not let it tear.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Maine Mom on November 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My kids love turning the pages of this book - the colors and freshness of the illustrations are very eye-catching. Most importantly, the message is a natural, beautiful one about color and skin. My 2nd grader is studying a unit on Ellis Island and immigration and how America has been built by many people from different nations. This book is a great complement to their studies.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ReadingTub Reviews on April 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This rhythmic poem with pictures of children, encourages each of us to look in the mirror and celebrate who we are and the joy of friendship. This is a collection of simply presented thoughts about self-esteem, acceptance, and diversity.Our Preschooler loves the the rhymes and talks to the children staring at her from the page. We've had nightly requests for this book for more than a week now. What a great book! The message is visible in simple phrases with comparative language that young readers can comprehend. It offers kids a positive, new way to look at the world. Parents will enjoy the book as much for its fun as for its message. The illustrations are bright and engaging; and the poem is just what you want to introduce acceptance and the beauty of diversity ... without being onerous or dour.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By HOLLYWOOD on April 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Skin You Live In is a wonderful book for a world full of children who need to feel special and good about themselves. Everyone looks different on the outside, but the basic human is the same on the inside. This teaches children and adults with rhyme and colorful pictures, about being themselves and accepting others for themselves. WE live in a world where hate,fear and prejudice are still around. Please stop the cycle by reading to your child and instilling in him the joy of all the different children in the world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andy E. Salk on May 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
this book is inspirational and magical--such a simple, basic

concept--yet so elusive for so many.this wonderfully written and illustrated book should be read by all children and

adults alike.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K.D. on December 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
We love this book! We received this as a gift from my mother who is a retired 2nd grade teacher. I started reading this book to my son while he played in the tub every night when he was only 7 months old. He is now 20 months and it is a part of our routine that he looks forward to every evening. When I show him the cover he claps his hands and says, "YAAAAAAAYYYY!" This year I am sending copies of this book to all of my friends for their children. I have already started reading it to my 2 month old. It is such a feel good message. The illustrations are bright and engaging for a child or adult of any age. The best part of all is the content. Our favorite part of the book is, "You're not any of this, 'cause you're more than you seem! You are all that you think and you hope and you dream! You're a gifted creation with imagination! You're a new day desire to reach even higher! You're the feelings that start from down deep in your heart! You're the pride and the joy inside each girl and boy!" (As you can see, I have read this book aloud so many times that I know it by heart. . . .you will, too!)
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