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Shades of People Hardcover – August 1, 2009
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"Beautiful...Message-driven but charming, this will enrich and spark discussions of diversity." (Booklist ) --Booklist
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a nice book to get a young reader to appreciate the amazing array of skin colors of humans. The writer uses words like "rosy", "cocoa" and "golden" to... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Inaniel Gato
This is a great book w awesome pics. My class loves looking at it. It's a nice addition to my collection.Published 2 months ago by I love baseball
Love this book! We are a multiracial family and it is one of the books we use to talk about our various skin colors. Recommend it for everyone's library!Published 6 months ago by Scott Mikels
My 2-1/2 year old daughter loves this book, even though there isn't much of a story line. She loves to look at all the photos of all the kids, and I think at this age it is useful... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Thea Doidge
Lovely book! Great pictures and the wording is perfect! Love to read to my children and they enjoy reading it with me :)Published 9 months ago by PinkGiraffe
I love the message in this book! I read it over and over again with my grandchildren, who all have their own special shades. Makes a great baby shower gift too!Published 9 months ago by Julie H.