A positive and affirming look at skin color, from an artist's perspective.
Seven-year-old Lena is going to paint a picture of herself. She wants to use brown paint for her skin. But when she and her mother take a walk through the neighborhood, Lena learns that brown comes in many different shades.
Through the eyes of a little girl who begins to see her familiar world in a new way, this book celebrates the differences and similarities that connect all people.
Karen Katz created this book for her daughter, Lena, whom she and her husband adopted from Guatemala six years ago.
Kansas Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award, NCSS-CBC NotableTrade-Soc.Stdy, Florida Reading Association Children's Book Award, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, Kansas Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award (KS Reading Association), FL Reading Assoc Children's Book Award
Praise for The Colors of Us
In the Press
Read the Kirkus Review of THE COLORS OF US . This vibrant, thoughtful book from Katz (Over the Moon, 1997) continues her tribute to her adopted daughter, Lena, born in Guatemala. - Kirkus Reviews