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Happy in our skin
First edition.
Physical Description:
26 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Reading Level:
AD 540 L Lexile
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Bouquets of babies sweet to hold: cocoa-brown, cinnamon, and honey gold. Ginger-coloured babies, peaches and cream, too--splendid skin for me, splendid skin for you! A delightfully rhythmical read-aloud text is paired with bright, bustling art from the award-winning Lauren Tobia, illustrator of Anna Hibiscus, in this joyful exploration of the new skin of babyhood. A wonderful gift book for new mums and toddlers; all children can see themselves, and open their eyes to the world around them, in this sweet, scrumptious celebration of skin in all its many, many, wonderful forms.


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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.

Author Notes

Fran Manushkin 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.

Reviews 5

Publisher's Weekly Review

Manushkin (The Belly Book) offers a cheeky meditation on the everyday miraculousness of skin, with a biracial family at the center of her story. "It's terrific to have skin," she muses. "It keeps the outsides out/ and your insides in." Skin is also something we all have in common, regardless of age, color, or whether it's adorned with "freckles/ or birthmarks/ or dimples." With plenty of sentimental books about belonging available, a fun angle on the ties that bind members of the human family is welcome; the silly-earnest premise inspires several quirky observations to keep readers intrigued, including a shout-out to scabs as "a perfect seal." 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. Ages 2-5. Author's agent: Brianne Johnson, Writers House. Illustrator's agent: Mandy Suhr, Miles Stott Children's Literary Agency. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

It's terrific to have skin. / It keeps the outsides out / and your insides in." This upbeat rhyme introduces the youngest readers to the concept of skin and celebrates the fact that it comes in many colors. Set in a diverse city neighborhood bustling with kids, the cheerful illustrations follow a multiracial family of five as they go about their day. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

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.--Chaudhri, Amina Copyright 2015 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-In this picture book for young children, Manushkin celebrates the different aspects of skin. It has many tones, from "cocoa brown," to "peaches and cream," and sometimes distinguishing features like freckles, birthmarks, or dimples. Skin "keeps the outsides out/and your insides in," scabs over wounds, tans in sun, and exhibits goose pimples in cold. While the brief rhyming text is occasionally strained, the large illustrations, executed in ink and pencil and digitally arranged, depict a mixed-race family as they interact with a delightful array of diverse babies, preschoolers, and their parents in their urban neighborhood. Adults kiss baby feet, hold little ones aloft, and snuggle with them. The park and neighborhood scenes include a girl in a wheelchair and Muslim and Orthodox Jewish families enjoying themselves outdoors. Among many humorous touches is a scene in which two youngsters display their paintings while readers see all the paint on the floor and walls and a dog streaking paint as it runs off with a brush. The story comes full circle, beginning with a baby, happy in its "brand-new" skin, and ending with parents and tired children, all "happy in [their] skin," coming home after celebrating with "bouquets of people" at a block party. VERDICT A delightful feel-good story that will be welcome in most collections.-Marianne Saccardi, Children's Literature Consultant, Greenwich, CT © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

More than skin deep, this rhyming paean to diversity offers readers an array of families of all colors and orientations, living and loving one another in a vibrant city setting. A giggling baby is tummy-tickled by her white and black mothers (or white mother and black fatherimpressively, the illustration leaves room for interpretation) in New York's Central Park in its summertime glory. "This is how we all begin: / small and happy in our skin." This celebration of skin not only extols the beauty and value of various skin colors, but also teaches the importance of skin as an essential body part: "It keeps the outsides out / and your insides in." Park, public-pool, and block-party scenes allow readers to luxuriate in a teeming city where children of all colors, abilities, and religions enjoy their families and neighbors. The author and illustrator do not simply take a rote, tokenistic approach to answering the cry for diverse books; the words and pictures depict a much-needed, realistic representation of the statement "it takes a village to raise a child" when a child skins her knee and many rush to her aid and comfort. Though her palette of browns is a little limited, Tobia creates sheer joy with her depictions of everything from unibrows, dimples, and birthmarks to callouts to recognizable literary characters. 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. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.