Is there anything more splendid than a baby's skin? For families of all stripes comes a sweet celebration of what makes us unique--and what holds us together.
Look at you!
You look so cute
in your brand-new birthday suit.
Just savor these bouquets of babies--cocoa-brown, cinnamon, peaches and cream. As they grow, their clever skin does too, enjoying hugs and tickles, protecting them inside and out, and making them one of a kind. Fran Manushkin's rollicking text and Lauren Tobia's delicious illustrations paint a breezy and irresistible picture of the human family--and how wonderful it is to be just who you are.
Preschool-Kindergarten. There’s lots to like about Manushkin’s charming picture book, starting with the quirky idea of celebrating our largest of organs! Across the pages of this endearing book, smiling families frolic in parks and playgrounds of a bustling, urban, multicultural neighborhood. They are happy because of, not despite, the differences in their skin colors: “bouquets of babies sweet to hold: cocoa brown, cinnamon, and honey gold.” More than a matter of appearance, readers learn that their skin has important work to do. It keeps their insides in, grows constantly, heals over injuries with protective scabs, tans, itches, and—best of all—tickles. A bright palette of colors adds to the liveliness of the people populating the book’s pages—people with sweet, loving faces and outstretched arms to hold babies and reach for friends, ensuring skin-on-skin contact. Happy in Our Skin paints a picture of an ideal world that recognizes the value of diversity and shuns color blindness—a positive message for ears of every age and color.