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Tan to Tamarind: Poems about the Color Brown by Malathi Michelle Iyengar, illustrated by Jamel Akib [in Bloomsbury Review]

Tan to TamarindA joyful celebration of all sorts of brown-tinted skin colors, reflected in the tan of a spicy masala chai to the cocoa of a frothy hot chocolate to the ochre of  a bridal mehendi hand design to the coffee brown of café con leche to the adobe brown of a mesa home.

In the author’s note on the final page, poet Iyengar remembers being taunted for her brown skin as a child in North Carolina, and later finding pride in the “wonderful stories and poems about the color brown, written by and about proud brown people.” True testament to the power of language.

Review: “In Celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: New & Notable Books,” The Bloomsbury Review, May/June 2009

Readers: Children

Published: 2009


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