I am brown

Ashok Banker

Book - 2020

"I am brown. I am beautiful. I am perfect. I designed this computer. I ran this race. I won this prize. I wrote this book. A joyful celebration of the skin you're in--of being brown, of being amazing, of being you" --

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Genres
Children's stories Pictorial works
Picture books
Published
London, United Kingdom : Lantana Publishing Ltd., UK 2020.
Edition
American edition
Language
English
Item Description
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2020 by Lantana Publishing Ltd., London."
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781911373940
1911373943
Main Author
Ashok Banker (author)
Other Authors
Sandhya Prabhat (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This is a straightforward, unsubtle celebration of brown-skinned power, beauty, ability, and diversity. Clearly intended to counter the negative messages that dark-skinned children encounter early in their lives, the books bursts with love and energy, in the images and in the words. "I am love, I am friendship, I am happiness." The message continues, stating a vast range of professions, languages, religions, regions, homes, foods, and hobbies of brown-skinned people. The pages are packed with lively children and adults busy being their happy selves, highlighting—rather than homogenizing—diversity. Everyone's skin is roughly the same shade of brown, but beyond that, all manner of differences are presented as contributing to a world made exciting by variety. This collaboration warrants repeated reading with close attention to the visual details, as each pass will reveal delightful surprises. Pair with Yamile Saied Méndez's Where Are You From? (2019) and Whitney Stewart's What Do You Celebrate? Holidays and Festivals around the World (2019). Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

This is a straightforward, unsubtle celebration of brown-skinned power, beauty, ability, and diversity. Clearly intended to counter the negative messages that dark-skinned children encounter early in their lives, the books bursts with love and energy, in the images and in the words. "I am love, I am friendship, I am happiness." The message continues, stating a vast range of professions, languages, religions, regions, homes, foods, and hobbies of brown-skinned people. The pages are packed with lively children and adults busy being their happy selves, highlighting—rather than homogenizing—diversity. Everyone's skin is roughly the same shade of brown, but beyond that, all manner of differences are presented as contributing to a world made exciting by variety. This collaboration warrants repeated reading with close attention to the visual details, as each pass will reveal delightful surprises. Pair with Yamile Saied Méndez's Where Are You From? (2019) and Whitney Stewart's What Do You Celebrate? Holidays and Festivals around the World (2019). Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Beginning with a child sporting exuberant puffball pigtails and broadening into a community of brown-skinned children, the figures in this joyful picture book love the skin they're in. "I am brown/ I am beautiful/ I am perfect," Banker writes in his picture book debut. The figures portrayed—in many modes of dress, including a business suit, a saree, and a salwar and a kameez—know that they exemplify love and friendship, can become anything (play vignettes include doctor, electrician, and prime minister), and do anything ("I design rocket ships" captions two kids flying paper airplanes). Of special interest are spreads that show the diversity of the figures' experiences through food eaten, activities enjoyed, and homes lived in. In one, children gather around a globe, pointing out continents where "I come from"; another shows languages "I speak" (among them Arabic, French, Tamil, and Urdu); and another states places where "I pray" ("nowhere" is among the possibilities). Readers will take heart at the high spirits and unalloyed happiness that Prabhat (Ignore the Trolls) instills in her characters, almost all of whom are smiling or laughing. Ages 5–8. (Mar.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"I am brown. I am beautiful. I am perfect. I designed this computer. I ran this race. I won this prize. I wrote this book. A joyful celebration of the skin you're in--of being brown, of being amazing, of being you" --

Review by Publisher Summary 2

I am brown. I am beautiful. I am perfect. I designed this computer. I ran this race. I won this prize. I wrote this book. A joyful celebration of the skin you're in—of being brown, of being amazing, of being you.