Shades of People

Shades of People Cocoa tan rose and almond people come in lots of shades even in the same family This exploration of one of our most noticeable physical traits uses vibrant photographs of childen and a short text

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  • Title: Shades of People
  • Author: Shelley Rotner Sheila M. Kelly
  • ISBN: 9780823423057
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cocoa, tan, rose, and almond people come in lots of shades, even in the same family This exploration of one of our most noticeable physical traits uses vibrant photographs of childen and a short text to inspire young children both to take notice and to look beyond the obvious.

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    1. I'm really torn on how to rate this book. On the one hand, I get what it's trying to do and like many reviewers I love how the author referred to people coming in different "shades" rather than colors. The book shows children playing in various scenarios, and talks about how people come in "cocoa," "rose," "almond," etc. That's nice.One the other hand, this book has made my son obsessed with skin color. It's had the complete opposite effect from what I was hoping for. Because the book is busy la [...]

    2. I thought this book was amazing. I really liked that the author reffered to skin in shades instead of "color". Throughout this book there are very few but meaningful words. The pictures used in the book are of real people. These kids of young ages are seen doing different activities like playing in the sand or just with their families or friends. The author shows throughout the book that one can't judge someone by the shade of their skin because she shows different kinds of families that may hav [...]

    3. Opening lines: "Have you noticed that people come in many different shades? Not colors, exactly, but shades." I LOVE this approach to talking with children about the different levels of melanin in our skin.

    4. This book is full of beautiful pictures of people of all skin colours enjoying life. I read this book with each of my kids and we then talked about people we know who are darker or lighter and compared our own skin to each other and to the pictures in the book.

    5. Shades of skin are beautiful! See the wonderful shades of people in our world.Reviewed from a library copy.

    6. 1)pre k- 4th grade2) no awards 3) This book goes through the many different shades of people and the possible place you can see them at.4) The pictures the book use are so adorable and they really help bring home the message of the book. "Color of your skin doesn't matter".5) read it every morning, and at the end of every day.

    7. The book Shades of People is a perfect example of putting diversity in simplistic terms especially for younger children. The book uses shades to describe how different people are instead of using color. There are no cultural references in this book, the images shown are of people who come from different backgrounds but there are no implications of a specific culture. In reviewing the book I found kids that looked like they came from Latino, Asian, European and everything else that falls in betwe [...]

    8. Shades of People is a heart-warming book written by Shelley Rotner with photographs by Sheila Kelly, about all of the different kinds of people in this world, how they are just shades, not necessarily different colors, and how you can’t tell what somebody is like on the inside by what they look on the outside. This is a book that every child needs to read. Not necessarily younger children who don’t really understand the concept of racism or different races in general, but for older children [...]

    9. Author and photographer join forces again in this photographic essay on skin color. Having previously tackled family members, feelings and faiths (May Ways: How Families Practice Their Beliefs and Religions, 2006, etc.), they now showcase—in full color—many smiling, appealing, friendly, loving, creative, thoughtful, hugging, eye-catching young ones. The connection, rather than the difference, is that all these children are many different shades, “not colors, exactly…. / There’s creamy, [...]

    10. This colorful children's book is a great read. It talks about the different shades of peoples skin and where you go to see new shades. For example, in the park, at school and in the city. It also lists some different shades to help children expand their vocabulary such as copper and tan instead of brown or creamy and ivory instead of white. The pictures in the book are actual photographs not drawings. I think it was a great idea to use photographs of real children in this book; it can help stude [...]

    11. (multicultural) This is a very important and unique book to use to introduce children to the idea that there are many different shades of people! The most important message in this book is that skin is just a covering and that you cannot tell what someone is like from the color of their skin. This is a very important concept that young children need to understand. Having them understand this at a young age through literature is vital because the older they get the harder it is for them to grasp [...]

    12. Shades of People by Shelley Rotner, is a wonderful addition to any classroom. This book, introduces children to people with a wide variety of differences. This book features people with a wide variety of skin colors who are equally beautiful. It also demonstrates that people can have different skin colors and still be in the same family.Shelley Rotner's book encourages dialogue about acceptance and diversity and after reading her biography I learned that, to create awareness about diversity was [...]

    13. This is a wonderful childrens book. This book is filled with tons of pictures and also some few short sentences on some pages. This book starts from the beginning saying how people look different but we are all the same. Throughout the book it shows specific pictures of all of the different shades of people. I really enjoyed this book and think it is obviously something very important that children sound know about while they are young. It shows all the different ways people can look so children [...]

    14. This is a book that demonstrates the different appearances children can have, but reminds the reader that they are still children that enjoy the same things. The items mentioned in this book are every day functions such as smelling, seeing, and eating. I would highly recommend this book to others because it demonstrates tolerance and acceptance of those who are different than you. I would use this book in one of my multicultural lessons that I teach throughout the year. I teach one about El Salv [...]

    15. The author helped me realize that the world is not filled with people of many colors rather many shades. I have heard several individuals (including myself) refer to themselves as black, white, brown, etc.…. When the fact is if a “white” person should put his or her arm next to a bottle of white paint, I’m almost positive the color would not match. The book replaces “white” with shades like peach, “black” with cocoa, and “brown” with copper. Favorite quote from the book: “s [...]

    16. The photos are lovely and this book is a simple way to talk to your kids about race and generally the ways in which we're the same or different. After reading "Nurtureshock" by Po Bronson, I'd say this book is useful to many parents. The chapter in his book about how uncomfortable many parents are with discussing race with their children leads me to believe that having a way to open the door to that conversation could be really helpful.

    17. I really, really liked this book, one reason being that it sees beyond race and gives children the idea that everyone is a different color, instead of making it all about a race thing. I also liked that it didn't just say the colors black, white, and brown, instead incorporating all different shades of those colors to represent every culture. Really great book, especially in the multicultural perspective.

    18. What a great book for younger children about skin color and understanding what is most important is what is on the inside. While some of Rotner's shades don't seem to actually match the children's different skin tones, the message in this picture book comes across beautifully. This is a must have book for preschool and kindergarten teachers wanting to teach/reinforce that skin color doesn't make the person.

    19. This is a good book for teaching young children about the shades/differences in color amongst people. The book doesn't simply label people as "black" or "white" but gives people "shades" instead such as almond, rose, or cocoa. It also says something about how our skin is just our covering. I think it would be a great book to let students not only recognize their differences but to lead to further discussions in the characteristics that make us unique.

    20. This is a wonderful book on the diversity of people. The book uses pictures and groups some skin types together by color. Each of the skin colors is identified and the students are taught that we are all the same, just different shades of color. The key point that is made is that our skin is like wrapping paper, and you can’t tell about someone just by their skin.

    21. Cocoa, tan, rose, and almond—people come in lots of shades.Even in the same family there are differences. This thoughtful exploration of one of our most noticeable physical traits uses vibrant photographs of children and a short but astute text to inspire young children both to take notice and to look beyond the obvious.

    22. Lovely photograph-rich picture book of exactly what it sounds like. "Our skin is just our covering, like wrapping paper.And, you can't tell what someone is like from the color of their skin.""Even in the same familythere can be many shades."This is a good thing to read with a kid who has just noticed the differences.

    23. Great book to knock out labelling black and white. It shows faces of all races, colors, shades, and most important, shows faces of beauty. I would use this book to knock out sterotyping and to show that everyone is beautiful and that nobody should be judged because of their genetic make up. Great beginning of the year introduction book. This should definitely be a part of your classroom.

    24. Shades are beautiful and we are all different shades. This author does a lovely job in describing the shades by using words such as: pink, rose, almond, bronze, brown I love it. Great book for parents to read to their child and for teachers to read during the first week of school. Diversity is all around us and it's important to embrace its beauty. Oh, and the pictures are tooo cute!

    25. The subgroup this book represents is skin tone. The language used is English, and the book is in an informational genre. The reading goes through various outdoor locations such as the playground, the beach, and the city to explore different skin tones found in children and stresses the term “shades,” not “colors.”

    26. Multicultural-literature book #2This is an awesome book. It talks about peoples skin as shades of color and not as different colors. It is awesome how it breaks down the different shades of people and displays that everyone can have a different shade and that what matters is in the inside. It also talks about how we will find different shades of people in a variety of places.

    27. I really liked this childrens book and is something I would like to have in my classroom. I really feel that this shows diversity. This could be used in many different ways, focusing on characteristics or different races or even just the differences in families. I really like the real pictures and think that it allows students to focus on similarities and differences of people.

    28. This is an absolutely wonderful introduction to people's color differences for very young children. It is filled with darling and fun photographs of every race and mix of colors. It explains that our skin is like wrapping paper and you never know what will be inside. It shows families that are different shades. Beautiful!

    29. I simply love this book! The pictures are real photographs of children and families, and the book introduces children to the idea that people come in all "shades" of skin color. I will definitely use this book to promote diversity, acceptance, and multicultural awareness.

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