Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration
Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration
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Annotation: Told by a succession of exuberant young narrators, this is a story--a song, a poem, a celebration--about feeling at home in one's own beloved skin.
Catalog Number: #205932
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Tilbury House
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Juanita, Kaylani,
Pages: 36
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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School Library Journal Starred Review (1/1/20)
Coretta Scott King Honor (1/1/20)
Word Count: 529
Reading Level: 5.4
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 512306 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 1100L
Guided Reading Level: V
Fountas & Pinnell: V

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

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