Celebrate the colors of children and the colors of love—not black or white or yellow or red, but roaring brown, whispering gold, tinkling pink, and more.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Lyrical" text and "extraordinary, light-filled" paintings celebrate the earth, children and the diversity of the world's ethnic heritages, said PW. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
The dazzling diversity of children is celebrated in this poem that uses metaphors of color to describe the beauty of children. "Children come in all the colors of the earth - the roaring browns of bears, and soaring eagles/ The whispering golds of late summer grasses, and crackling russets of fallen leaves..." Beautiful oil paintings of children from various cultures make this a joy to read and share.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
This joyous book in rhyme celebrates the diversity and oneness of all peoples. In her picture book for all ages, Ms. Hamanaka's lustrous oils illustrate the fact the "Children come in all the colors of the earth...."
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-A poetic picture book and an exemplary work of art. The simple text describes children's skin tones and hair in terms of natural phenomena (``...the roaring browns of bears''; ``...hair that curls like sleeping cats in snoozy cat colors'') and then describes love for these children with rich colors and flavors (``...love comes in cinnamon, walnut, and wheat...''). Hamanaka's oil paintings are all double-page spreads filled with the colors of earth, sky, and water, and the texture of the artist's canvas shines through. The text is arranged in undulant waves across each painting. This might be paired with Arnold Adoff's Black Is Brown Is Tan (HarperCollins, 1973), for younger readers, or his All the Colors of the Race (Lothrop, 1982), for older students, or read alone in celebration of diversity.-Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie