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Tan to Tamarind: Poems About the Color Brown (2009)

Author: Iyengar, Malathi Michelle Illustrator: Akib, Jamel
Publisher: Children's Book Press
Number of pages: 32 pages

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Tan, sienna, topaz, or tamarind? Poet Malathi Michelle Iyengar sees a whole spectrum of beautiful shades of brown. Swirls of henna decorate ochre hands and feet at an Indian wedding. Cinnamon lips smile over a cup of café con leche. And crunchy leaves drift like stars onto upturned russet faces in fall. This warm and inviting poetry collection helps young readers discover that no matter what your skin tone, every shade is beautiful. Jamel Akib's pastel illustrations bring the richness of brown to vivid, colorful life.

ISBN 13: 978-0-89239-227-8