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skin again

by bell hooks
Illustrated by Chris Raschka

Published by Hyperion, 2004
32 pages
ISBN: 0-7868-0825-X

Ages 5 - 10

"The skin I’m in is just a covering. It cannot tell my story.” Simple, profound, and provocative, bell hooks’s narrative is an invitation to children to let go of what they think they know about one another because of skin color. Instead, she challenges them to meet one another on ground that is real: “Be with me inside the me of me . . . You can find out all about me – coming close and letting go of who you might think I am.” Chris Raschka’s stimulating visual interpretation of hooks’s text includes an onion motif, image after image suggesting that there is much is going on inside each individual, exciting discoveries to be made. There is a celebratory look and feel to this joyful volume. CCBC categories: Picture Books for School-Aged Children. 2004.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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