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Beautiful You, Beautiful Me
By (author): Tasha Spillett-Sumner Illustrated by: Salini Perera
Tasha Spillett-Sumner ,

Illustrated by :

Salini Perera

Imprint:

Owlkids - Toronto

ISBN:

9781771474528

Product Form:

Hardcover

Form detail:

Picture book, Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Picture book, Printed dust jacket
English

Audience:

Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) 1, Grade (US) 1
Oct 15, 2022
$19.95 CAD
Forthcoming

Dimensions:

11in x 8.25 x 0.38 in | 442 gr

Page Count:

32 pages

Illustrations:

Full color illustrations throughout
Owlkids Books
Owlkids
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General
Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Self-awareness and self-esteem|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Families and family members|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Multicultural|Interest age: from c 3 years
  • Short Description

A child who looks different from her mother finds beauty and belonging in this new book from the creator of the New York Times bestseller I Sang You Down from the Stars

A child who looks different from her mother finds beauty and belonging in this new book from the creator of the New York Times bestseller I Sang You Down from the Stars

Izzy’s favorite place to be is in Mama’s arms—skin to skin, safe and warm. One night, cuddled up on Mama’s lap, Izzy notices something she’s never noticed before: her skin is the color of chocolate, but Mama’s skin is the color of sand.

When Izzy realizes she’s different from Mama in other ways, too, she feels sad and confused. She wants to be beautiful like Mama! But Mama addresses Izzy’s disappointment with a gentle, loving refrain: You’re part of me, and I’m part of you. I’m beautiful like me, and you’re beautiful like you. Finding lessons from nature and repeating her affirming message, Mama encourages Izzy to see her own unique beauty.

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. Lyrical text and warm, lively illustrations show Izzy’s journey as she learns to celebrate the differences that make her uniquely beautiful, and the connection to her mother that transcends physical traits.

  • New from Tasha Spillett-Sumner, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller I Sang You Down from the Stars
  • A portrait of a multiracial family inspired by the author’s Cree and Trinidadian heritage
  • Touches on themes of identity and self-esteem

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 best-selling picture book I Sang You Down from the Stars and the award-winning Surviving the City graphic novel series. 

SALINI PERERA has been making art for as long as she can remember — and making art for picture books is a lifelong dream come true. She was born in Sri Lanka and now lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and their three cats, Victoria, Albert, and Alice.



Contributor Website

"Spillett-Sumner’s quiet text strikes a steady rhythm of call and response: Izzy’s uncertainties and her mother’s answering refrain that celebrates rather than dismisses the pair’s differences ... A lovely accompaniment to any cuddle."

- Kirkus Reviews - STARRED REVIEW

"This could give rise to story hour discussions of differences that matter and those that do not ... [A] sweet portrait of a mother-daughter relationship."

- School Library Journal

Also Available

I Sang You Down from the Stars Tasha Spillett-Sumner 9781771474085 $19.95 CAD Apr 05, 2021

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