Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration
Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration

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Annotation: Toldby a succession of exuberant young narrators, MagnificentHomespun Brown is a story -- a song, a poem, a celebration-- about feeling at home in one's own beloved skin. Samara Cole Doyon'sjoyful book contains multitudes.
Catalog Number: #205932
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Juanita, Kaylani,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-88448-797-0 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-7203-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-88448-797-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-7203-7
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2019950931
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 3 This book is a joyful ode to the color brown. Several brown girls are presented across the pages as they share how the hue is featured in their lives. In a repeating pattern, Doyon first describes each kind of brown (feathery, amber, radiant, cozy, thundering, etc.) with descriptions of time spent with family and friends, from cocoa-sipping winter days to peaceful hikes in the woods. Then she presents a simple simile: "Radiant brownlike my skin." The text itself is a poem which dances playfully on the tongue when read aloud, featuring just the right amount of alliteration, a wide range of unusual vocabulary, and vibrant imagery. Juanita's illustrations are a celebration of these girls, using all shades of brown and many warm colors on a light yellow background. She gives particular care to the details that make the girls seem very real: fun hair clips, bandage-adorned skin, and patterns on clothes. They are an active bunch, leaping into piles of leaves and pirouetting on roller blades. While all characters are brown, there is a diverse cast, including a family member who uses a wheelchair and several characters wearing hijab. VERDICT Whether this delightful book is a mirror or a window for a child, it is a must-read for its celebration of love for oneself and one's family. Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3
Lexile: 1100L

With vivid illustrations by Kaylani Juanita, SamaraCole Doyon sings a carol for the plenitude that surrounds us and the self eachof us is meant to inhabit.

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