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Black is brown is tan

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Harper & Row,
Pub. Date:
1st ed.
Reading Level:
IL: LG - BL: 2.9 - AR Pts: 0.5

Brown-skinned mama, the color of chocolate milk and pumpkin pie. White-skinned daddy, not the color of milk or snow, but light with pinks and tiny tans. And their two children, the beautiful colors of both. For an all-American family, full of joy, warmth, and love,

this is the way it is for us this is the way we are

When it was first published in 1973, Black is Brown is Tan featured the first interracial family in children's books. Decades later, Arnold Adoff and Emily Arnold McCully continue to offer a joyous and loving celebration of all the colors of the race, now newly embellished with bright watercolor paintings that depict a contemporary family of the twenty-first century. And the chorus rings true as ever:

black is brown is tan is girl is boy is nose is face is all the colors of the race
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Full title black is brown is tan
Author adoff arnold
Grouping Category book
Last Update 2018-05-14 22:54:48PM
Last Indexed 2018-05-20 01:15:43AM

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subject_facet Families -- Juvenile fiction, Human skin color -- Juvenile fiction, Racially mixed people -- Juvenile fiction, Stories in rhyme, Juvenile
title_display Black is brown is tan
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title_short Black is brown is tan
topic_facet Families, Human skin color, Racially mixed people, Stories in rhyme, Juvenile