Beautiful You, Beautiful Me
by Tasha Spillett-Sumner
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Pub Date 18 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2022
Owlkids Books, Owlkids
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
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.
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Average rating from 44 members
Love the art, the message, and just the book overall! It was such a sweet and important read. Honestly would love to read this in story times!
Did I tear up while reading this story? Yes. Yes, I did.
Beautiful You, Beautiful Me is a sweet story about a little girl, Izzy, who realizes that she doesn't look the same as her mama. Different skin color, different hair types. But she wants to be the kind of beautiful that her mama is. Izzy goes for a walk with her mama one day and realizes that not all babies match their mamas but they still belong to one another. Just like Izzy is a part of her mama, her mama is a part of her. They are both beautiful in their own unique way!
I adore the message of this story and would love to share this with my class. The beautiful illustrations and vibrant colors add to the richness of this picture book. Thank you NetGalley and OwlKids Books for the advanced copy. All opinions are my own.