Happy in Our Skin

by Fran Manushkin and Lauren Tobia

“Look at you! You look so cute in your brand-new birthday suit. This is how... read more

“Look at you! You look so cute in your brand-new birthday suit. This is how we all begin: small and happy in our skin.” And skin, whatever beautiful color it comes in “keeps the outsides out and your insides in … When you fall, your skin will heal with a scab, a perfect seal.” A simple, rhyming text affirms both universality and uniqueness within the human family when it comes to skin: how it looks, what it does. The joyful narrative’s message is amplified by illustrations focusing on a mixed race family as part of a diverse-in-every-way, vibrant community. The light-skinned parent in the family is a woman; the Black parent’s gender is open to interpretation. (Ages 1–4)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016

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