Happy In our Skin – Perfect Picture Book Friday

skinTitle: Happy in Our Skin

Written by: Fran Manushkin

Illustrated by: Lauren Tobia

Published by: Candlewick Press, 2015

Themes/Topics: diversity, self-acceptance, skin

Suitable for ages: 2-5

Opening:

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.

Synopsis:

This is a rollicking rhyming picture book for the very young on how wonderful it is to be born you and the amazing nature of our skin. It grows with us and heals and protects and comes in all sorts of colors and unique markings (freckles, birthmarks, dimples, scabs.) The book centers around a biracial family, with three young children who share their dad’s darker colored skin coloring but Tobia’s full cast is multiracial; kids in summer garb (more skin showing!) having fun in various city locations.

Why I like This Book:

Skin is a wonderful thing to explore and celebrate with children. This is a super fun way to share diversity with kids and which child hasn’t asked questions about itchy skin, freckles, colors etc The illustrations are boisterous and joyful and the urban setting is great for this diverse group of kids. I like the addition of the mom with glasses and one in a wheelchair in the title page, and a child in a wheelchair playing ball on the cover. This is a no-brainer for pre-K and toddler groups wanting to look at how wonderful it is to be you.

Activities/Resources:

Go around your group and find something different about every child’s skin (sunburn, scar, freckles…)

NB: The meter changes for spread to spread and while it flows well, if I were reading it to a class, I would pre-read it to get a feel for the text.

Each week a group of bloggers reviews picture books we feel would make great educational reads. To help teachers, caregivers and parents, we have included resources and activities with each of our reviews. A complete list of the thousands of books we have reviewed can be found sorted alphabetically and by topics, here on Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.

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14 Responses to Happy In our Skin – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. Andrea Mack says:

    This book looks wonderful! I’m going to look for a copy for my kindergarten class.

  2. What a sweet beginning! I look forward to reading this!

  3. Love the opening. This is one I want to read!

  4. Wendy Greenley says:

    I’m interested to see how in depth with the science this book goes. Thanks for pointing it out, Joanna. 🙂

  5. Howdy, Joanna! I just love this book…the rhythm and rhyme are so much fun. And the author has done a clever job of incorporating all the info into a story that flows and entertains while at the same time, educating us. Great share for PPBF. 😉

  6. Putting it on my list! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I had the same thought as Wendy! 🙂 Thanks for bringing the book to our attention!

  8. this sounds so fun! we are all born with our skin and need to figure out how to be comfortable in it…. and I love the freckles and scars…

  9. Joanne Sher says:

    This looks fabulous. Definitely picking this one up. Thanks, Joanna

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