A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Throughout the story, children of all ethnicities learn how to accept themselves and the physical characteristics that make them different and special.
Children learn that physical differences are not weaknesses to be ashamed of, but what makes each of them special -- something they should not be ashamed to celebrate.
Positive Role Models
The mother in the story is a wonderful positive example. She works with her son to see the value he has as a human being and teaches him how to embrace his African-American features.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know this book will spark discussion of skin color, race or culture, self-love, and acceptance. Be prepared to answer many questions about skin color, similarities and differences in physical features and why there are phenotypical differences between different ethnic groups.
Is It Any Good?
Actor Taye Diggs' first picture book for children is crafted in the way a child would tell his story -- with painful and unshielded honesty. Diggs creates a full, rich character that allows readers to fully empathize with him, no matter their skin color. This is an especially poignant book for children with dark skin -- African, African American, Indian, etc. who still deal with negative stereotypes and harsh question about their skin color. This is a great book to introduce the concept of self-love and to begin having discussions on race with children who are just beginning to recognize and acknowledge the differences they see in one another.
Award-winning illustrator Shane W. Evans creates a delightful landscape full of color and texture, with telling details that underscore a rich layer of emotional content. The illustrations beautifully bring the story to life. And the young boy's skin actually looks like painted chocolate.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.