Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children

Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children

by Sandra L. Pinkney

Photographs and poetic text celebrate the beauty and diversity of African American children.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Childrens
  • Rating: 4.40
  • Pages: 40
  • Publish Date: November 1st 2000 by Scholastic Inc.
  • Isbn10: 0439148928
  • Isbn13: 9780439148924

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If you are related (biologically or not, parent or not or aunt or cousin or grandma or whatever) to a child who is (insert any race/ethnicity here), then you are going to have to deal with this at some point. How can you even WRAP YOUR BRAIN around the fact that this child - this amazing, wonderful, funny, smart child whom you LOVE - is going to be hated and feared and taunted and made to feel like shit because they are black/Chinese/Indian/Jewish/Mexican/Puerto Rican/Thai/Vietnamese etc. And then tell the crying confused child about racism? Or do you do a pre-emptive strike - pulling the kid aside early, before it even occurs to him/her that his/her value is based on his/her skin color and/or ethnic makeup - and telling them, "Listen, Jack/Jill - people are going to hate you because you're black. I am NOT a fan of soul-crushing pre-emptive strikes, I do NOT think this is the way to go - but I never rarely tell anyone how to parent, so I mean... I do think talking with your child from infancy about race and preparing them as best they can for a hateful world is a smart and prudent thing to do. Your child is going to be called a racist slur. I wish I could tell you that there is some place - some country, some town, some magical kingdom - where your adored child could live free and clear of racism and prejudice. A picture book that a.) recognizes racial identity (unlike the billions of children's books that just pretend race doesn't exist as a concept in our society) and b.) instills pride and acceptance of the way a child's skin/hair/eyes look. All shades of black are discussed from a kid who is "the creamy white frost in vanilla ice cream" to a kid who is "the midnight blue in a licorice stick." Yes, all the skin colors are compared to a food, which is being held by whatever kid is being discussed. (I fucking HATE when skin colors are compared to food. The final part of the book focuses on eye color: brown, green, blue and black. children because judging people on what shade your skin is is NOT just a black thing. Any child of any race/background could be read this book or be introduced to this book.

Shades of black is a beautiful pictorial depiction of African American diversity. The book is geared towards younger children, more specifically African American children. More specifically, this book can encourage African American students. At a young age, many African American children grow up seeing every other race portrayed positively in society but their own. Students in these grades are typically visual learners, which is great since the book contains so many pictures.

The book is good to embrace the different shades black people are because there are so many variations of African Americans skin tones. It is great to have books that celebrate being proud of your race, culture, and so on. Also, the book can be a kid friendly way to talk about race for other children other than African American children.

For me, this is a beautiful book that serves an important role in my work with young children.

After a read aloud of the entire book and showing every page, all students can create realistic self portraits with the expectation that they go beyond primary colors into the broader hues available to depict themselves. All children will have a chance to discuss color as a description, rather than as a definition.

Shades of Black invites readers of all ages and gives them a chance to explore and embrace the diversity of African Americans. Learning extensions for Preschoolers Skin-Color Match-Ups Set out a number of nylon knee-high stockings in various shades, tan, black, white, pink, yellow, and red. For example, "Can you find a stocking that is the same color as your skin?" Or "What color is that stocking you have on your arm?" Ask the children to "Try the _________ stocking.

As they look at their own picture I would tell them try to think of an item or color they feel their skin matches with. If they can not find a picture in the magazine they can draw a picture of an item that matches their skin color then write down the name of the item next to it.

Shades of Black is a book that is affirming to young African-American children in a positive light with the writing that was introduced explains the diversity in this community. Shades of Black can be used to teach children about diversity in a community and explain to them that everyone is beautiful no matter thee color of their skin.

The book is good to embrace the different shades black people are because there are so many variations of African Americans skin tones.

The children in the book describe different shades of eyes and skin.