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black is brown is tan Paperback – January 6, 2004
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black is brown is tanThis warm and loving story is just as meaningful today as it was decades ago. Readers from multicultural families, especially, will appreciate this tribute to the diversity of the American family from renowned poet Arnold Adoff (Touch the Poem) and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator, Emily Arnold McCully (Mirette on the High Wire). (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
is girl is boy
is nose is
of the race
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Mr.Adoff instills a sense of self esteem in all members of a multi-racial/multi-cultural family while using poetry to make it even more memorable. The artwork will entice you to discuss the theme and allows little ones to not only see themselves, but to tell you how they see their family members on the pages too.
Moms and Dads of multi-ethnic children will want to thank Arnold Adoff for his no-drama approach to everyday life...and all the special little things our families get to share as we venture into raising kids and growing up like we do!
Moms and Dads whose children are not bi-racial or bi-cultural will find support in teaching acceptance to their little ones while not making this topic seem so "clinical."
So, while you may be tugging on wet hair of wiggly little girls or shooing your babies up to bed...take time, share this poem, and enjoy ...there's nothing more special than seeing confident little eyes smiling as they look into the bright shiny mirror that this and all of Arnold Adoff's work offers every one of us!
"Black is Brown is Tan" was definitely ahead of its time when published in '73. As testament to the mass appeal of this book to people interested in multiracial/biracial families, the book was reprinted in 2002. There still remains a desert of need for more books that speak to interracial couples and families who are searching for books that positively portray their lifestyle(s). Particularly for couples who are in stable relationships and no longer in the dating scene, it's great to see books about progressive relationships that parallel strides with peers in same-race relationships and marriages, interacting with family and raising children.
"Black is Tan" would be a book to add to your own book collection, as well as a wonderful gift for a baby shower, a wedding for interracial couples; a child's birthday present, or a present just because someone's special and needs to know how wonderful.
Near the end of the book, the extended family sing on the porch together --parents, kids, grandmothers, a brother-in-law, a sister-in-law, with the ever-present family dog on hand.
At the end of the book, the happy parents hug each kid.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This a book meant to boost the self esteem of bi/multi racial children. I think it's very unfortunate that it does not address any of emotional/social issues. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lissa Parker
I had to write over all the lowercase I 's. Kind of hard to instill self esteem, with such a outward statement of low self esteem, repeated on nearly every page. Read morePublished 4 months ago by hsmomma6
This is a very neat book and my daughter likes it too. Good for family time readingPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a beautiful book. I adore Arnold Adoff and this is my favorite book of his.Published 5 months ago by Amanda
I'm now 45 years old, and this is one of the many books I remember my mother reading to me as a little boy. I will always have wonderful memories of this book.Published 7 months ago by Man in the trenches
I didn't realize that it was a poem instead of a story. Otherwise, I like that this is a multicultural family like mine. :)Published 8 months ago by Ebonnie Scott