Title: Hues of You
Author: Lucretia Carter Berry, PhD
Illustrator: Adia Carter
“The most important thing to remember, though, is this: No matter what color your skin is, you have the power to name your shade of brown and decide what hue best describes you,” Lucretia Carter Berry writes in her children’s book, Hues of You: An Activity Book for Learning About the Skin You Are In.
~ What ~
This sixty-four-page paperback targets mainly seven to ten-year-old children who like learning about skin color and its differences in people while drawing and filling its pages. With no scary scenes, the activity book has pages with instructions to color or draw people and write down their characteristics based often on skin tones.
After a note to adults, using tips, words to know, a skin tone spectrum, and ownership page, the book is divided into four sections that cover the reader, his/her family, ancestors, and friends, focusing on brown pigmentation in each. The first chapter includes directions for drawing one’s hands, feet, facial features, hair, clothing, and favorite relationships, while the second is about family and the differences in its members and daily living. The pages on ancestors involve geological origins and traditions, and the final part has an area to add five friends and their special characteristics.
~ Why ~
Teaching that we all are special in every way is important to second to fifth graders, and this book does it through the color brown and how its many shades are in melanin. I love how the book concentrates on paying attention to everyone’s features, that we are all a shade of brown, and allowing them to name their own brown color hue. The book is educational with its information on pigment, hair follicles, indigenous people, colorism, and nationality.
~ Why Not ~
Children who do not like to color or draw may have no interest in this creative activity book, but it might stimulate thinking about skin color differences in others. Some may find it would be best used in a classroom environment where there is teacher instruction and open discussions about each chapter.
~ Wish ~
It would be helpful if an index were included, especially on the words to know. I could see it packaged with a box of a dozen brown crayons or colored pencils as some may not be able to access so many hues.
~ Want ~
If you need to explain why we have different skin tones to several kids at the same time, this would be a great way to do it in a journal format that could be kept and cherished by each artist.
Thanks to WaterBrook and Multnomah Book Launch Team for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/3sUkzBy