"My name is Lena and I am seven. I am the color of cinnamon. Mom says she could eat me up."
Lena is going to paint a picture of herself. She wants to use brown paint for her skin. But when Lena and her mother take a walk through their neighborhood, Lena sees that there are many different shades and tones of brown. Seen from an artist's point of view, skin colors are subtle, varied--and cause for celebration!
Karen Katz created this book for her daughter, Lena, whom she and her husband adopted from Guatemala six years ago.
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Karen Katz has written and illustrated many books for children, including "The Colors of Us", "Can You Say Peace", "My First Ramadan", "Counting Kisses" and "Where is Baby s Belly Button". Long inspired by folk art from around the world, she was inspired to write her first book, "Over the Moon", when she and her husband adopted their daughter from Guatemala, and she wanted to tell the story of welcoming Lena into their lives. Katz loves to paint and experiment with texture, color, collage and pattern. Besides an author and illustrator, she has been a costume designer, quilt maker, fabric artist and graphic designer. Katz and her family divide their time between New York City and Saugerties, New York.