Tan to Tamarind

Poems about the Color Brown

By Malathi Michelle Iyengar; Jamel Akib (Illustrator)
(Children's Book Press, Library Binding, 9780892392278, 32pp.)

Publication Date: January 2009

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In " Tan to Tamarind," poet Malathi Michelle Iyengar asks young readers this question: When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Through her colorful poetry she travels the rich spectrum of shades within the color brown, from swirls of henna decorating ochre hands and feet at an Indian wedding to cinnamon lips smiling over a cup of "cafe con leche" to leaves drifting like stars onto upturned russet faces in the fall. The poetry, along with Jamel Akib's pastel illustrations, encourages young ones to embrace each other's differences while building self-esteem and a healthy self-image.
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