"roaring browns of bears and soaring eagles,
The whispering golds of late summer grasses,
And crackling russets of fallen leaves
the tinkling pinks of tiny seashells by the rumbling sea."
The illustrations show children joyfully dancing, playing and exploring their world with abandon. The faces are full of light and the bodies jubilant. The delicate colors wash across the pages with bright accents in just the right balance. See sample pages at Google books here.
There aren't many adults shown but a couple of pages show parents frolicking with their children or adoring them. The families are multi-ethnic and come in a range of skin colors. Hair textures are described as "bouncy baby lambs, flowing like water and curls like sleeping cats." I am enjoying reading this book over and over, just for the music and flavors thrown together.
There is just one thing that bothers me. The last page says "children come in all the colors of the earth and sky and sea." Somehow that struck me as jarring because children don't come in the colors of the sky and sea, unless they are green and purple and blue. I am trying to let that go and not be so literal about it, but I wish it ended on a chocolate, cinnamon and ginger note instead. In any case I think this is a book families with young children will enjoy reading together.
Read an article Hamanaka posted about Racism and Animal Rights here.