Review Copy Courtesy of Cecily Cline Walton
Where to Find The Beauty of My Skin:
The Beauty of My Skin by Cecily Cline Walton and illustrated by Alyssa Liles-Amponsah – is a pure moment of love, gratitude, and gentleness. Gorgeous both in content and medium, the illustrations show images of adults and children in a range of skin tones while they are smiling, laughing, and hugging.
The words are simple but profound, and combined with the stunning imagery, creates a poem of serene celebration. The sentence, “There is no one like me anywhere,” is repeated three times with affectionate and playful descriptions of skin tone interspersed, such as, “double dipped chocolate fudge,” and, “sweet butterscotch kisses.”
I love the simultaneous feelings of joy and calmness this book evokes when reading it with my little ones. The illustrations of people hugging only makes you want to snuggle with your children. My littlest one asked me if there was really no one like him anywhere, my eldest asked me why people have different skin colors and tones and why do we even have skin to begin with. I then wondered what the difference between hue, tone, and shade is, and then we talked about how our skin tones have subtle differences even though they’re biological brothers that came out of my body – it was all a very tender, fascinating, and joyous bonding experience.
I sincerely hope you and someone you love get a chance to read and experience this book together. Like a deep breath, this book is short but puts you in the right frame of mind by gently reminding its readers that they, and the skin that envelopes them, are truly beautiful.
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