All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka
(Mulberry Books)

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Celebrate the colors of children and the colors of love--not black or white or yellow or red, but roaring brown, whispering gold, tinkling pink, and more.

"How better to celebrate ethnic diversity than to look to children, the hope of the future? This glorious picture book does just that."--Booklist

"A poetic picture book and an exemplary work of art. The simple text describes children's skin tones and hair in terms of natural phenomena...and then describes love for these children with rich colors and flavors....[A] celebration of diversity."--School Library Journal.

 

About Sheila Hamanaka

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Sheila Hamanaka is an award-winning fine artist whose work has also appeared in Scholastic magazines as well as in Permanent Connections by Sue Ellen Bridgers and Barbara Campbell's Taking Care of Yoki. Ms. Hamanaka lives in Tappan, New York.
 
Published August 15, 1994 by HarperCollins. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This heavily earnest celebration of multi-ethnicity combines full-bleed paintings of smiling children, viewed through a golden haze dancing, playing, planting seedlings, and the like, with a hyperbolic, disconnected text--``Dark as leopard spots, light as sand,/Children buzz with laughter that ki...

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With her lyrical text and splendid oil paintings, Hamanaka ( The Journey ; Screen of Frogs ) offers a hymn to children everywhere, who are ``all the colors of the earth and sky and sea.'' Extraordinar

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An Asian boy stares into the eyes of a lion, and both subjects are the color of the ``whispering golds of late summer grasses.'' Two bronze-haired boys play at the seashore, their skin the color of ``the tinkling pinks of tiny seashells by the rumbling sea.'' Hamanaka salutes the varieties of ``h...

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""Lyrical"" text and ""extraordinary, light-filled"" paintings celebrate the earth, children and the diversity of the world's ethnic heritages, said PW.

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