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Book Review: The Colors of Us

colorsofusThe Colors of Us, by Karen Katz is about a little girl the color of cinnamon, whose artist mother teaches her that there are many shades of brown and all are beautiful. Lena’s mother, who is the color of French toast, explains colors to her daughter by talking a walk through their diverse neighborhood.

As they greet friends, the colors they see reminds Lena of her favorite foods – creamy peanut butter, chocolate, pizza, honey and butterscotch.

Katz wrote and illustrated the story for her adopted Guatemalan daughter and her friends. My children love the beautiful, pencil-and-gouache illustrations and always search for the colors of us as they turn the pages. It’s a positive affirming book that highlights all colors of brown are beautiful and all people worthy.

The first and last pages show the hands of all Lena’s friends. It’s always fun to find our hands on the page and declare our colors. I recommend this book for children from around age 4. My youngest is 7 years old and still enjoys looking at the pictures are reading the story sometimes.

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