Beautiful You, Beautiful Me
"A child who looks different from her mother finds beauty and belonging in this new book from the creator of New York Times bestseller I Sang You Down from the Stars."
* Reading Age: 3-7
* Grade Level: 1-2
* Hardcover: 32 pages
* Publisher: Owlkids
* Pub. Date: October 18, 2022
* ISBN-10: 1771474521
* ISBN-13: 978-1771474528
* Language: English
Unwrapping Some Illustrations
Izzy and her Mama have a very special relationship. Izzy loves being wrapped in her Mama's arms. There she feels loved, safe and warm. One night while curled up on her mother's lap she suddenly realizes that she and her Mama look very different from each other. Their skin tones and hair texture don't match. Izzy's skin colour is chocolate and Mama's skin is the colour of sand. The next day Izzy's notices her hair is all curly and swirly while Mama's hair is smooth and straight and hangs down her back. She wants to be Mama's kind of beautiful.
Mama's response to her beloved Izzy is:
"You're part of me,
and I'm part of you.
I'm beautiful like me,
and you're beautiful like you."
That afternoon they take a walk together and observe a mama duck with her ducklings, a mama cat cleaning her diverse litter of kittens, and a mother robin feeding her nestlings. Izzy discovers that not all of the babies match. Her Mama adds to that breakthrough... "But they still belong to one another."
Mama encourages Izzy and tells her that she is beautiful and perfect just the way she is. This story about a multiracial child navigating identity and belonging draws from author Tasha Spillett-Sumner's own experience growing up as an Afro-Indigenous girl. The illustrations are gorgeous and the message to the reader is that true love is a heart-to-heart bond and transcends physical traits. I love this sweet heartwarming book and highly recommend it.
Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!
Meet the Author
TASHA SPILLETT-SUMNER is an Inninewak (Cree) and Trinidadian award-winning poet and author who is also working on her doctoral degree in Indigenous land–based education. She makes her home in Treaty 1 territory, Manitoba, where she raises her daughter, Isabella, with her husband. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling picture book I Sang You Down from the Stars and the award-winningSurviving the City graphic novel series.
About the Illustrator
I'm a Canadian Illustrator, who uses she/her pronouns. I was born in Sri Lanka, raised in Scarborough, and have been making art for as long as I can remember. Now, I get to make art for picture books, a life long dream come true. I live in Toronto with my husband, Michael, and our two cats, Victoria and Albert.
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