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The Skin You Live In Hardcover – April 1, 2005
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"Easy vocabulary and bouncy rhythm." -- Bulletin of the Center for Childrens 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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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,
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
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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kinda 'meh' overall. Not a great resource for helping to explain the difference between people.Published 1 month ago by Will-I-AM-Shakespeare
Great book with wonderful illustrations. This is one of my 2 year old's favorite books right now. It's a very cute story with a wonderful message.Published 2 months ago by Robin Smith
Love this book! Really, it is even better than I thought it would be. I read it to my 3 yo grandson and he likes it, too. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kendall
Great book to get conversations going. Kids really enjoy the illustrations and rhythm of the language.Published 2 months ago by Anonymous
I ordered this book as a companion book for my K classroom as we learned about MLK Jr. It has a nice rhythm and cute pictures. Definitely recommend .Published 3 months ago by Aubrey M.
Wonderful meaning behind the book! My daughter likes it. But the word "skin" is used WAY too much lolPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer