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 cutein 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.
August 25, 2015
Up to Kindergarten
is the author of more than fifty books for children, including the Katie Woo series and Baby, Come Out!,
illustrated by Ronald Himler and translated into eight languages. She lives in New York City.Lauren Tobia
is the illustrator of several books for children, including the Anna Hibiscus books, written by Atinuke, and Baby’s Got the Blues
by Carol Diggory Shields. She lives in a tiny house in Bristol, England.
With plenty of sentimental books about belonging available, a fun angle on the ties that bind members of the human family is welcome...Following a light-skinned mother and her three children (who share their father’s brown skin), Tobia (Baby’s Got the Blues
) creates an expansive, multicultural cast of urbanites enjoying themselves at a park, at the public pool, and at a boisterous block party. It’s freewheeling fun—a perfect book for the months when we all try to wear as little as possible.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The combination of lovingly humorous and detailed mixed-media illustrations and infectious rhymes will cause little ones and their families to pore over this book again and again.
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.
A delightful feel-good story.
—School Library Journal