All the Colors of the Earth

Sheila Hamanaka, Author, Sheila Hamanaka, Illustrator HarperCollins $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-688-11131-1
With her lyrical text and splendid oil paintings, Hamanaka ( The Journey ; Screen of Frogs ) offers a hymn to children everywhere, who are ``all the colors of the earth and sky and sea.'' Extraordinary, light-filled paintings accompany the single curving line of text on each page. A girl whose complexion is described as the ``crackling russets of fallen leaves'' turns a cartwheel in a sparkling autumnal scene. An Asian boy stares into the eyes of a lion, and both subjects are the color of the ``whispering golds of late summer grasses.'' Two bronze-haired boys play at the seashore, their skin the color of ``the tinkling pinks of tiny seashells by the rumbling sea.'' Hamanaka salutes the varieties of ``hair that flows like water'' and ``hair like bouncy baby lambs.'' She shows adults showering children with love that ``comes in cinnamon, walnut, and wheat,'' and ``amber and ivory and ginger and sweet.'' These joyful illustrations amply celebrate the richness and diversity of the world's ethnic heritages. All ages. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 08/15/1994
Release date: 08/01/1994
Genre: Children's
Library Binding - 32 pages - 978-0-688-11132-8
Prebound-Sewn - 1 pages - 978-0-606-17242-4
Prebound-Glued - 1 pages - 978-0-613-22808-4
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-688-17062-2
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