This is the book I like to read to my nieces, Olivia and Lauren…
Sheila Hamanaka has managed to turn difference of color into pure poetry. In “All of the Colors of the Earth,” she begins: “Children come in all the colors of the earth” and describes what she means both in gorgeous illustrations and soaring poetry.
The softly-colored pictures by the author/illustrator show the similarities between the diversity of color on the planet, and those who inhabit it. For example, one girl is described as having a complexion like the “crackling russets of fallen leaves.” Two little boys playing on the beach have skin the color of “the tinkling pinks of tiny seashells by the rumbling sea.” All children, she avers, no matter what color, are united by love, for “love is amber and ivory and ginger and sweet.” “Children come in all the colors of love, In endless shades of you and me.”
Olivia’s favorite page is the one with drawings of beautiful black children and the line: “Children come with hair like bouncy baby lambs.”
Evaluation: This book celebrates difference, and encourages kids to see it as part of nature itself, and as beautiful.
Published by HarperCollins, 1994