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Happy in Our Skin

by Fran Manushkin

Other authors: Lauren Tobia (Illustrator)

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Bouquets of babies sweet to hold: cocoa-brown, cinnamon, and honey gold. Ginger-coloured babies, peaches and cream, too--splendid skin for me, splendid skin for you! A delightfully rhythmical read-aloud text is paired with bright, bustling art from the award-winning Lauren Tobia, illustrator of Anna Hibiscus, in this joyful exploration of the new skin of babyhood. A wonderful gift book for new mums and toddlers; all children can see themselves, and open their eyes to the world around them, in this sweet, scrumptious celebration of skin in all its many, many, wonderful forms.… (more)
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This is a charming book about the role skin plays in in our lives, as well as celebrating the many colored hues of the book's characters, without putting a big sign to the fact that it is a book celebrating diversity. It's not subtle, all the requisite diverse characters appear: children in wheelchairs, women in hijab, even an Orthodox Jewish family. Despite this, it feels like those wonderful books from the'80's and '90's which were so earnest and intentional with their inclusive cast. I like a children's book that puts forth the multicultural vision, even if it seems somewhat unrealistic to jaded adult eyes. ( )
  mslibrarynerd | Jan 13, 2024 |
The story explores the different kinds of skin everyone has. With slabs, freckles, birthmarks and dimples. All types of skin are seen as beautiful and appreciated.
  Irensia | Jun 12, 2023 |
This book teaches children about diversity and celebrating our differences and how we are similar like children with birth marks, glasses, freckles, etc.
Age:3-5
Source: Pierce County Library ( )
  MadelynCaswell | Mar 6, 2023 |
More than skin deep, this rhyming paean to diversity offers readers an array of families of all colors and orientations, living and loving one another in a vibrant city setting.

A giggling baby is tummy-tickled by her white and black mothers (or white mother and black father—impressively, the illustration leaves room for interpretation) in New York’s Central Park in its summertime glory. "This is how we all begin: / small and happy in our skin." This celebration of skin not only extols the beauty and value of various skin colors, but also teaches the importance of skin as an essential body part: “It keeps the outsides out / and your insides in.” Park, public-pool, and block-party scenes allow readers to luxuriate in a teeming city where children of all colors, abilities, and religions enjoy their families and neighbors. The author and illustrator do not simply take a rote, tokenistic approach to answering the cry for diverse books; the words and pictures depict a much-needed, realistic representation of the statement “it takes a village to raise a child” when a child skins her knee and many rush to her aid and comfort. Though her palette of browns is a little limited, Tobia creates sheer joy with her depictions of everything from unibrows, dimples, and birthmarks to callouts to recognizable literary characters.

The combination of lovingly humorous and detailed mixed-media illustrations and infectious rhymes will cause little ones and their families to pore over this book again and again. (Picture book. 2-5)

-Kirkus Review
  CDJLibrary | Jan 24, 2023 |
Sweet picture book! The rhymes are a little forced, but the illustrations are wonderful -- lots of detail to look at. Very nice celebration of diversity and toddler aged exploration of body parts. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
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Fran Manushkin's picture book teaches children about the skin we all live in. Babies born in all different colors. Children and adults with freckles, skin that tans and grows with us. The pictures are large and very colorful, with one or two sentences per page. The rhyming of the book makes it interesting and fun to read.
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Bouquets of babies sweet to hold: cocoa-brown, cinnamon, and honey gold. Ginger-coloured babies, peaches and cream, too--splendid skin for me, splendid skin for you! A delightfully rhythmical read-aloud text is paired with bright, bustling art from the award-winning Lauren Tobia, illustrator of Anna Hibiscus, in this joyful exploration of the new skin of babyhood. A wonderful gift book for new mums and toddlers; all children can see themselves, and open their eyes to the world around them, in this sweet, scrumptious celebration of skin in all its many, many, wonderful forms.

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