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Bright eyes, brown skin
Hudson, Cheryl Willis.
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Publication Information:
Orange, NJ : Just Us Books, 1990.
Reading Level:
BR Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.6 1 Quiz: 01576 Guided reading level: D.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Non-Fiction Picture Books

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This warm & engaging picture book captures four delightful & charming African American youngsters during a typical day at school. They are happy children, brimming with confidence & self-esteem. Bright Eyes, Brown Skin is the first in a series called "Feeling Good" which focuses on the positive aspects of growing up African American.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 18 months-4. This first volume in the Feeling Good series is designed to heighten the self-esteem of African American children by providing positive images in text and illustration. George Ford's strong, full-color paintings show four children engaged in typical activities in a day care or preschool setting, while perfectly paced, rhyming phrases describe the children: "Bright eyes, brown skin. A heart-shaped face, a dimpled chin." The text brilliantly combines understatement and directness, giving the story a celebratory tone rather than a didactic one. The clear, appealing illustrations, rhythmic words, and child-centered focus should make this a favorite in preschool story hours. --Kathleen Horning

Publisher's Weekly Review

Igus's comfortable story unwinds through a gentle and credible conversation between an African American boy and his grandfather. On his annual summer visit to the country, Noel engages in his favorite activity: fishing off a small pier. The child listens intently as his grandfather reminisces about his boyhood swims in the river, when he and his friends swung into the water from a rope attached to a large tree. This memory evokes others, and grandfather enumerates the many differences of that simpler era, when his family lived without a refrigerator, TV, telephone, indoor toilet or car. As the elder recalls the past, Bond's strikingly naturalistic, richly hued paintings give way to black-and-white drawings that effectively evoke the lifestyle of the period. At last, Noel experiences the excitement of catching his first fish, and as his grandfather remembers the thrill of his first catch, he concludes that ``it's good to see that the important things are still the same.'' Ages 6-9. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 1-- A poem extolling the beauty of African-American children forms the basis for celebration of a positive self-image. Four attractive children engage in typical kindergarten pastimes as the rhyming text rhapsodizes about their dimpled chins, ``teeth that glisten,'' and ``very special hair and clothes.'' Whereas building self-esteem and acknowledging children's charms are commendable goals, they are not enough to build a book upon. Yes, these boys and girls are appealing, but they are so unusually cooperative and cheerful, smiling nonstop throughout the pages of this slim volume, that real live children, with all of the emotions and moods that are a part of being human, may have difficulty relating to them. --Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.