The Colors of Us
Publication Date: September 1999
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""My name is Lena and I am seven. I am the color of cinnamon. Mom says she could eat me up.""
Lena is going to paint a picture of herself. She wants to use brown paint for her skin. But when Lena and her mother take a walk through their neighborhood, Lena sees that there are many different shades and tones of brown. Seen from an artist's point of view, skin colors are subtle, varied--and cause for celebration
Karen Katz created this book for her daughter, Lena, whom she and her husband adopted from Guatemala six years ago.
Karen Katz has written and illustrated more than fifty picture books and novelty books including the bestselling "Where Is Baby's Belly Button?" After graduating from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, she attended the Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture where she became interested in folk art, Indian miniatures, Shaker art, and Mexican art. Her book, "Counting Kisses", was named one of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids by "Scholastic Parent & Child" and was a Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. Karen, her husband Gary Richards, and their daughter Lena divide their time between New York City and Saugerties, New York. Learn more about Karen Katz at KarenKatz.com.
"Bold illustrations celebrate diversity with a child’s open-hearted sensibility and a mother’s love."--Kirkus Reviews