Brown The many shades of love

Nancy Johnson James

Book - 2020

In this loving ode to the color brown, a boy describes the many hues of his family.

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Subjects
Genres
Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Published
Petaluma, California : Cameron Kids, an imprint of Cameron + Company [2020]
Language
English
Item Description
Subtitle from cover.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN
9781944903985
1944903984
Main Author
Nancy Johnson James (author)
Other Authors
Constance Moore (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Using narrative poetry, James engages young readers in a wonderfully written story about a brown-skinned family that contains a diversity of skin tones. It is narrated by a school-age boy, who presents the members of his family in individual spreads, with an endearing, childlike portrait of the person appearing on one page, and, on the opposite, an evocative description set against his or her particular shade of brown. One of the catchiest examples is the line, "My daddy's brown is an autumn leaf, / or like a field of wheat." Children will love hearing familiar words such as cinnamon, chocolate, gingerbread, and copper to describe the family. As many children engage in tough discussions pertaining to racial differences in the early grades, the inviting language in this work is sure to pique the interest of young readers. Moore uses multicultural crayon colors and inks to bring each portrait to life, and children will enjoy seeing various brown hues employed, not to mention their creative names. A joyous celebration of brown's full spectrum of beauty. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In easy-to-read rhymes, this #OwnVoices debut shares a palette of browns that a child sees in his relatives. Describing the varied skin tones of his immediate and extended family, the narrator speaks in an appreciative, age-appropriate tone ("My mama's brown is chocolate./ It's clear, dark, and sweet.// My daddy's brown is an autumn leaf,/ like a field of wheat"). Each comparison is paired with a portrait done in a childlike style, seemingly rendered in kid-friendly mediums such as crayon and watercolor. Some figurative language ("fragrant") brings in more senses, with varying effects. This book provides a view of skin tone that celebrates a multitude of hues while serving as a subtle, effective refutation of the idea that being family means looking the same. Ages 3–5. (Sept.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In this loving ode to the color brown, a boy describes the many beautiful hues of his family.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Celebrating all the beautiful browns in one child’s colorful family Mama’s brown is chocolate, clear, dark, and sweet. Daddy’s brown is autumn leaf, or like a field of wheat. Granny’s brown is like honey, and Papa’s like caramel. In this loving and lovely ode to the color brown, a boy describes the many beautiful hues of his family, including his own—gingerbread.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Celebrating all the beautiful browns in one child's colorful family   Mama's brown is chocolate, clear, dark, and sweet. Daddy's brown is autumn leaf, or like a field of wheat. Granny's brown is like honey, and Papa's like caramel. In this loving and lovely ode to the color brown, a boy describes the many beautiful hues of his family, including his own'gingerbread.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Celebrating all the beautiful browns in one child’s colorful family   Mama’s brown is chocolate, clear, dark, and sweet. Daddy’s brown is autumn leaf, or like a field of wheat. Granny’s brown is like honey, and Papa’s like caramel. In this loving and lovely ode to the color brown, a boy describes the many beautiful hues of his family, including his own—gingerbread.