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AM I A COLOR TOO?

Author: Heidi Cole and Nancy Vogl

Illustrator: Gerald Purnell

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Publisher: Illumination Arts Publishing Company, Inc., ©2005

Material: hard cover

Summary: Tyler is looking for just the right word to identify who he is. Through poetry he explains how he sees the world in hopes that the world will know how to see him. This is a poem that offers a child's perspective of race and color.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: 4 to adult

Age of Child: Started reading with 4½ year old child.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He liked looking at all of the children illustrated in the book. This one got pulled from the shelves several times.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a nice poem. The illustrations are fabulous and the expressions on the children's faces draw you in to seeing the world as Tyler does.

Pros: The poem is nice and offers a fresh approach to seeing life in a diverse, colorful world.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. The illustrations are as captivating as Tyler's poem.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WHISPERS FROM CHILDREN'S HEARTS   LILIES ON THE MOON   FAMILY: A FIRST POEM BOOK ABOUT FAMILY (Patchwork Series)

Educational Themes: The book offers an opportunity to help children see beyond (if not ignore) labels to find language that is more descriptive and inclusive.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, culture and society, poetry

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2006

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