Bodies are cool

Tyler Feder

Book - 2021

Illustrations and easy-to-read, rhyming text celebrate bodies of all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors, with different kinds of hair, eyes, spots, scars, and more.

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Stories in rhyme
Picture books
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers 2021.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Ages 3-5.
Grades K-1.
Main Author
Tyler Feder (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* This joyous, uncompromising, vividly illustrated picture book celebrates bodies—everybody's bodies. Each page is dedicated to one physical aspect: height, size, shape, skin color, arms, tummies, scars, prosthetics—just about any feature that young kids might notice (and comment on). Three lines of rhymed verse list various manifestations (Leg hair, armpit hair, / fuzzy-lip-and-chin hair, / brows-meet-in-the-middle hair) followed by the repeated message: Bodies are cool! The wonderfully detailed illustrations (drawn by a left hand with a crooked index finger, according to author and illustrator Feder) spill from the pages, showing an array of multicultural, multiabled, multishaped characters of all ages fully enjoying everyday activities: the beach, an ice-cream store, a picnic, and so on. The spread that showcases eyes (Hazel eyes, brown eyes,/ monolids and round eyes, / Blind and wearing-glasses eyes) is set in a dark movie theater, with the glowing whites of characters' eyes emphasizing the variations. This would make a great read-aloud, especially as the Bodies are cool! refrain invites audience participation. Intended for young audiences, this unabashed promotion of body positivity packs a punch and reminds readers to respect and love every body—including their own. This is a timely message with universal applications. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

"Big bodies, small bodies,/ dancing, playing, happy bodies!/ Look at all these different bodies!/ Bodies are cool!" In an act of resistance against ubiquitous, homogenous images of human figures, artist Feder (Dancing at the Pity Party) offers up an inclusive celebration of endless variation in rousing verses and group settings, including public transit, a seasonal market, and a pool. Feder employs bold black linework and a luscious palette of candy colors. Bouncy text, on each page ending with the refrain "bodies are cool," attends people of varying abilities, ages, body shapes, religions, skin tones, and hair textures; a range of gender identities and sexual orientations are shown throughout. In one outdoor campfire scene, two brown-skinned adults snug- gle—one shirtless with top surgery scars, the other with stretch marks and leg hair who wears a crop top and shorts. Across the spread, someone breastfeeds an infant in a hammock, and a variety of ethnically varied kids—one hijabi, one wearing an eye patch—play around a tree. With such a joyfully inclusive range of humans, all taking part in community and taking pleasure in each other's company, it's hard to imagine a stronger statement of body affirmation and pride. Ages 3–5. (June) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 3—With colorful pages of people in all shapes and sizes, this book both serves as a joyous read-aloud for small and large groups and as a book for individual study and discovery. It works as an introduction to diversity without being explicitly about that, which is a gloriously refreshing take on the universality of the human experience. Young readers can look at the full-page color cartoon drawings for true-to-life representation of people in everyday group situations, such as a public swimming pool, the park, dance class, movie theater, and public transit. Displayed is a richly detailed tapestry of people with many skin tones, hair colors, shapes and sizes, clothing choices, and abilities; examples include wheelchairs, a hijab swimsuit, prosthetics on adults and kids, diabetics with insulin pumps, etc. More importantly, in a book about body positivity, the drawings represent people as they are in real life, "tall, short, wide, or narrow." The approach to both body image and body concepts is to use people-centric language and imagery that doesn't divide along explicit lines. Each spread with its dense drawing of people joined together in a group activity focuses on traits (body shape, skin tone, hair, eyes, faces, etc.) in a repetitive, rhythmic sequence. Feder includes representations of Africans, Asians, Muslims, and whites from small sizes to plus sizes in all positions. This book is an excellent pairing with Todd Parr's It's Okay To Be Different.VERDICT With lilting dancelike rhythm through word repetition and brightly colored detailed images, this is a timely and worthy addition for every collection.—Vi Ha, Los Angeles P.L. Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Illustrations and easy-to-read, rhyming text celebrate bodies of all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors, with different kinds of hair, eyes, spots, scars, and more.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Through lively text and delightful illustrations, this truly inclusive book celebrates all the different human bodies that exist in the world. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

This cheerful love-your-body picture book for preschoolers is an exuberant read-aloud with bright and friendly illustrations to pore over.   From the acclaimed creator of Dancing at the Pity Party and Roaring Softly, this picture book is a pure celebration of all the different human bodies that exist in the world. Highlighting the various skin tones, body shapes, and hair types is just the beginning in this truly inclusive book. With its joyful illustrations and encouraging refrain, it will instill body acceptance and confidence in the youngest of readers. “My body, your body, every different kind of body! All of them are good bodies! BODIES ARE COOL!”