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Nov
22
2009
The Skinny On Skin
Author: Aruna

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As an Indian parent, I want to strangle those people who, when they see my kids, just have to comment about their skin colouring.  “Oh, how fair she is!” or “How dark he’s become this summer – too much time at the beach?  You should use SPF 185.”  Aaaaargh!

I think my 3-year-old gets really confused about comments like these – are they compliments or criticisms?  Either way, my kids are going to be armed and secure about their skin:  we’ll be reading The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler many times over.  Published by the Chicago Children’s Museum, this children’s book is pure poetic brilliance.  It’s a celebration of all different shades of skin and it certainly has us talking.

So if any aunties and uncles out there comment on my kids’ skin colour in the future – watch out – because the kids and I are choreographing a Broadway-style song-and-dance-routine to this book.  And we’ll be singing it to you.

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    I am getting this book! I too hate all the comments — and want to raise our kids differently esp. since we are all different skintones in our family….and I love it :) thanks for this recco!

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    We read this ALL the time – I can’t say enough about it. It’s a conversation starter with kids about diversity – and a self-esteem booster.

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