Black is brown is tan

by Adoff, Arnold,

Format: Print Book 2004
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Summary

Brown-skinned mama, the color of chocolate milk and pumpkin pie. White-skinned daddy, not the color of milk or snow, but light with pinks and tiny tans. And their two children, the beautiful colors of both.

For an all-American family, full of joy, warmth, and love, this is the way it is for us / this is the way we are

When it was first published in 1973, black is brown is tan featured the first interracial family in children's books. Decades later, Arnold Adoff's and Emily Arnold McCully's picture book continues to offer a joyous and loving celebration of all the colors of the race, now newly embellished with bright watercolor paintings that depict a contemporary family of the twenty-first century.

And the chorus rings true as ever:

black is brown is tan

is girl is boy

is nose is face

is all the colors of the race

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 2-6. With the recent death of beloved children's author Virginia Hamilton, this newly illustrated version of her husband's 1973 poem is especially moving with its lyrical celebration of an interracial family like their own. Children everywhere will love the simple, joyful rhythmic words in Adoff's signature «shaped speech» style, with McCully's beautiful dancing watercolors that show the contemporary family (computers in the home), loving and happy together through the seasons. Mom is brown skinned; Dad is blond; the two young children are the colors of both their parents. The light-filled scenes are idyllic, even when a parent gets red in the face («I puff and yell you into bed»). They read and sing together, work in the garden, play on the beach, and tell stories with granny white and grandma black. Adults will be interested in the biographical note: Adoff and McCully's 1973 version was the first children's book about an interracial family. In 1960, when Adoff and Hamilton were married, their interracial union violated segregation laws in 28 states. Adoff says this is an «enduring song» to their two now adult children. Hazel Rochman."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Fragmented verse lovingly explores the colors of various multicultural families. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Human skin color -- Juvenile fiction.
Racially mixed people -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Juvenile fiction.
Human skin color -- Fiction.
Racially mixed people -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Stories in rhyme.
Publisher New York, NY :2004
Contributors McCully, Emily Arnold, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 9780064436441
0064436446
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