The Colors of Us

The Colors of Us A positive and affirming look at skin color from an artist s perspective Seven year old Lena is going to paint a picture of herself She wants to use brown paint for her skin But when she and her moth

  • Title: The Colors of Us
  • Author: Karen Katz
  • ISBN: 9780805071634
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Paperback
  • A positive and affirming look at skin color, from an artist s perspective.Seven year old Lena is going to paint a picture of herself She wants to use brown paint for her skin But when she and her mother take a walk through the neighborhood, Lena learns that brown comes in many different shades.Through the eyes of a little girl who begins to see her familiar world in a neA positive and affirming look at skin color, from an artist s perspective.Seven year old Lena is going to paint a picture of herself She wants to use brown paint for her skin But when she and her mother take a walk through the neighborhood, Lena learns that brown comes in many different shades.Through the eyes of a little girl who begins to see her familiar world in a new way, this book celebrates the differences and similarities that connect all people.Karen Katz created this book for her daughter, Lena, whom she and her husband adopted from Guatemala six years ago.

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    1. Personal Reaction: This is hands down my favorite children's book i've ever read. It talks about the colors of people's skin in such a positive way and shares how we are all beautiful because we are different. I will use this book in my classroom one day.Read Aloud: This would be an amazing read aloud. It talks about diversity in the most positive way and helps kids realize that people are different but in good, sweet ways. Everyone's skin tone is compared to something like chocolate or cinnamon [...]

    2. Many people no matter the race see one color as its only shade or variation. Within those opaque colors underlies lighter tones or as the author likes to refer as "flavors". I liked the fact that the author referred in flavors of food but not in actual colors. This book forms a unity between many races and ethnicities.

    3. I gave this book only 2 stars for many reasons. I read and discussed this in class with my group and we found many different little issues with this book. It had a great intention, and is about a mom explaining to her daughter that there are many different types of brown. It's kind of cute that she compares each shade to a food, but other than that the book is very stereotyped and almost racist even though it's trying to do the opposite. I understand that you can't exactly explain race and cultu [...]

    4. A little girl and her mother stroll the neighborhood noticing the many skin color shades of brown and likening the colors to food such as butterscotch, ginger and coffee.

    5. PB 25: This book is very good for helping children understand the different colors of skin people can have. It is certainly an important lesson that should be taught in every classroom.

    6. saben cuanto me costó?2 pesos!!!!!!!Un excelente libro para una familia donde hay un rubio, una trigueña y un morenazo.

    7. "The Colors of Us" is a simple yet colorful book about Lena who walks through her community and describes the skin color of all the diverse groups of people with different flavors. The illustrations are very colorful and eye catching so they are interesting for children to look at. It adds to the story by showing how each individual character looks like. Although the book tries to expose children to a diverse group of people I feel as though they went about it the wrong way. Some of the characte [...]

    8. This story is about a girl named Lena. Lena wanted to paint a self-portrait, and she realized that in order to get her skin color, she would have to mix some colors together in order to get the perfect shade. Her mother takes her on an adventure through her community where she sees people of different skin colors and she associates these colors with different foods and objects. Lena realizes that there are many different shades of brown. I like this book because it does a great job of explaining [...]

    9. The Colors of Us by Karen Katz follows a little girl on a journey as her mom shows her people of all different colors and backgrounds, comparing their skin to colors the little girl, Lena, can recognize and relate to. I really enjoyed this book because of the way it showed diversity and differences among individuals. Not only in a relatable and engaging way for children, but also in a way that is celebrating individuals differences rather than just pointing them out. The illustrations show all d [...]

    10. The Colors of Us, written by Karen Katz, begins with a young girl, Lena, asking her mother for a plain brown color to paint a self portrait. Her mother explains to her that she will have to use more colors than just plain brown, that her skin is a mixture of colors- that all skin is different. Her mother walks her around the neighborhood giving examples of their neighbors and their variety of skin tones. Her mother points out how her friends are of a variety, and she uses similes to liken each s [...]

    11. Me: This was a favorite of ours when the boys were little. When one of our sons innocently asked his African-American preschool teacher if her hands were dirty, we sort of freaked at home and picked this up. "The Colors of Us" gave him language to describe all the different skin tones he was becoming exposed to. In the end, all he wanted was a way to describe her skin tone something this book offered in abundance. As importantly, this book also reassured us, his parents, that he never meant anyt [...]

    12. 1) Summary:This is the story of a little girl named Lena who is painting a self-portrait. Lena believes that there is only one color brown for her to paint herself with, but her mother argues that there are many shades to create artwork with. Lena’s mother takes her on a walk through their local community and they bump into many of their friends. Lena observes the skin shades of everyone they meet while comparing them to familiar foods and objects. She then realizes that there are many differe [...]

    13. The Color of Us by Karen Katz is a childrens book portraying Social/critical issues in society. This book is about a little girl whose mother is an artist. One day her mother is painting a portrait of herself and mixes colors together to make the perfect color brown for her skin. Lena, the little girl, wants to know what her shade of brown would look like to paint her skin color. Her mother tells her that there are many shades of brown and people with all different skin colors! As they take a wa [...]

    14. This narrative tells about a seven year old girl, Lena, who wants to paint a picture of herself and use brown paint for her skin. Lena's mom, who is an artist, is teaching Lena to mix colors. Lena argues, as a child would, that "Mom, Brown is Brown!" Lena's mom takes her daughter on a walk through their neighborhood, and shows Lena that brown comes in many different shades. Karen Katz uses wonderful descriptive language to describe different skin tones with colors of food ("I am the color of Cin [...]

    15. "The Colors of Us," is a children's picture book written by Karen Katz. The story is about a seven year old girl named Lena who is going to paint a picture of herself. She wants to use the color brown for her skin and her mother tells her there are many different shades of brown. Lena and her mom go for a walk through the neighborhood and Lena finds out that there are various types of browns. Katz writes an engaging multicultural picture book with bold illustrations and introduces different ethn [...]

    16. The book, "The Colors of Us" describe a variety of characters and their skin color. This book is important because none of the skin colors were seen in a bad light. The lighter colors and darker colors and every color in between were all seen as beautiful and compared with something as such. This text relates to my topic because it shows diversity in families, though not a traditional families. Some families are tight knight, only including immediate blood relatives. Other families include godsi [...]

    17. I really liked reading this book. I loved the big bold pictures in it and I like how the text was displayed on the page, as it was visually appealing. Additionally, when reading I saw tons of valid reasons to read this in a younger elementary classroom. I would read this book, preferably towards the beginning of the year, and a unit of diversity and acceptance of others. Especially as diverse as classrooms are these days, this book would make it possible for every child in the class to at least [...]

    18. This children's book depicts the story of a seven year old girl (Lena), who explores the diversity of skin tone through art. Throughout the narrative, Lena encountered, described, and painted various hues of skin. Language like "creamy peanut-butter, color of honey, and reddish brown" are used to describe the skin tones of Lena's family, friends, and community members. Lena concluded that "The Color of Us" is beautiful, acceptable, unique, and exciting. As a teacher, I would use this book to inf [...]

    19. The Colors of Us is a narrative about a seven year old girl named Lena. She wants to paint a picture of herself and her mother, who is an artist, tells her what colors to mix together in order for her to get the right brown. Lena thinks that “brown is brown”, so she and her mother talk a walk to see all the different colors that everyone is around the neighborhood (ex. “Isabella is chocolate brown, like the cupcakes we had for her birthday.”). As a literacy teacher, I would use this book [...]

    20. This story is a book about the variations of colors. It started with a little girl by the name of Lena, painting a picture of her. Lena mom is an artist and showed her how to mix colors. Lena and her mom took a walk through the neighborhood. Lena was able to see the different skin tones on people. I think this would be a good book to read on the first day of school with kindergarten students. This would help them to see that their skin complexion is unique. As a teacher, I would read this story [...]

    21. I truly enjoyed reading this book by Karen Katz. The book opens up with a little girl named Lena and her mommy talking about which color paints will make the right brown for her skin. Lena thinks that brown is brown, however since her mom is an artist she knows that there are many shades and hues of brown. Lena and her mom set off to take a more closely look at the many shades of brown. During their journey Lena discovers that several of her family members, neighbors and friends are all differen [...]

    22. In The Colors of Us, a little girl named Lena wants to paint a self-portrait. When her mom, who is an artist, tries to help her by showing her how to mix colors to create the perfect shade for her skin, Lena argues that brown is brown and she does not need to mix colors. Her mother decides to take Lena on a walk through their town, and makes sure to point out all of the different skin tones they see. They think of a delicious food that resembles the color of each skin tone, which presents each s [...]

    23. When Lena wants to paint a picture of herself, she realizes that the color brown has many different shades to it, and that she isn't just brown. The main character Lena is seven and is starting to take in interest in the color that she sees herself as, and the colors of all the many people that surround her on a daily basis. They are all brown, many different, beautiful shades of brown and tan. I love the way the pictures are all related to different things that a child probably has seen or know [...]

    24. The Colors of Us, By Karen Katz, is about a young girl named Lena and her mother who observe variations in the colors of their friends' skin. As Lena looks at the different shades of brown, she starts to compare everyone in terms of delicious food. Suddently their skin turns into chocolate, ginger, honey, peanut butter, pizza crust and more as they stroll though their neighborhood. Colorful illustrations add to the beautiful comparisons in this story aimed towards primary children. I think that [...]

    25. The Color Of Us revolves around a seven year old named Lena. She wants to paint a picture of herself and her mother tells her that if she mixes paint in the right combination she would be able to make the right brown to match her skin. Lena was confused because she thinks brown is brown. So Lena’s mother takes her on a walk around the neighborhood to see people with different shades of brown.There is one main idea of The Color Of Us revolve around that has two meanings and that is color. One m [...]

    26. Colors of Us by Karen Katz is was one of my favorite books from my childhood. The book is about a little girl who discovers that her beautiful brown skin comes in many different shades. The author uses flavors to describe the shades of brown like chocolate, honey, peanut butter, and cinnamon. This engages the child into the book because the flavors allow them to think outside of the box by reminiscing about a specific taste. I would put this book in the contemporary realistic fiction genre and I [...]

    27. A book about accepting the skin color that you are given. The daughter was going to draw a picture of herself just using plain brown, but her artist mother takes her on a walk through the neighborhood to show her all of the different colors of skin. They compare skin to foods—“Rosita’s skin looks like butterscotch,” Mr. Kashmir is “the color of ginger and chili powder,” and “Aunt Kathy is tawny tan like coconuts and coffee toffee.” The girl paints everyone in the neighborhood and [...]

    28. This is a great book to teach equality, acceptance, and love amongst classmates. This book is about a 7 year old girl named Lena who wants to paint a picture, but when she goes to paint it, she realizes there are many colors of brown. Her mother, who is a painter, explains to her that there were many shades. She goes around and looks at her friend's skin colors and compares them to brown shades from foods. She compared them to peanut butter, chocolate cupcakes, etc. in my classroom, I would use [...]

    29. Lena is a seven year old girl and is going to paint a self-portrait which she wants to use brown to paint her skin. Her mom is an artist and explains to her that the right brown for her can be made by a combination of other colors. Lena is confused and says " Mom, brown is brown." Her mom takes her on a walk around their neighborhood and describes the different types of brown, which she relates them to flavors. For an example her mom says "Sonia is light yellow brown, like peanut butter." She re [...]

    30. Wonderful and courageous is the author for writing about a critical issue on the diversity of ethnicities and beautiful skin tones which are still very pertinent today. Little Lena wants to paint her self portrait but when mixing paint, she doesn't understand the many shades of brown. Therefore, her mother takes her on a walk in the neighbourhood to recognize the beauty of each persons skin tone and compares them to different foods. I really like when Lena sees her neighbours and their appearanc [...]

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