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Black Is a Rainbow Color
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A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there's no BLACK in rainbows.

From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy's rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

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Street Date:
01/14/2020
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781250771087
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Angela Joy. (2020). Black Is a Rainbow Color. Roaring Brook Press.

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Angela Joy. 2020. Black Is a Rainbow Color. Roaring Brook Press.

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Angela Joy, Black Is a Rainbow Color. Roaring Brook Press, 2020.

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Angela Joy. Black Is a Rainbow Color. Roaring Brook Press, 2020. Web.

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A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there's no BLACK in rainbows.

From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy's rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

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Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there's no BLACK in rainbows.

From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy's rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

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      • source: Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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        "Both a beautiful celebration of black culture and an excellent first black history book for young children."

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      • source: Horn Book, starred review
      • content: "A treasure trove of positivity, strength, and pride for anyone seeking to uplift and educate young people."
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      • source: Booklist, starred review
      • content: "A beautifully told and illustrated celebration of African American people and ethnology, Black Is a Rainbow Color thoughtfully explores what the Black experience means to a child . . . A must-have for children's collections."
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      • content: "With Black Is a Rainbow Color, debut author Angela Joy pens a loving tribute to all the ways black is beautiful. Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winner Ekua Holmes's brilliant collage illustrations elevate the text's themes of resilience and strength."
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        Starred review from December 1, 2019
        A young black child ponders the colors in the rainbow and a crayon box and realizes that while black is not a color in the rainbow, black culture is a rainbow of its own. In bright paints and collage, Holmes shows the rainbow of black skin tones on each page while Joy's text describes what "Black is" physically and culturally. It ranges from the concrete, such as "the braids in my best friend's hair," to the conceptual: "Black is soft-singing, 'Hush now, don't explain' "--a reference to the song "Don't Explain" made popular by Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, the former depicted in full song with her signature camellia and the latter at her piano. Joy alludes throughout the brief text to poetry, music, figures, and events in black history, and several pages of backmatter supply the necessary context for caregivers who need a little extra help explaining them to listeners. Additionally, there is a playlist of songs to accompany reading as well as three poems: "Harlem," by Langston Hughes, and "We Wear the Mask" and "Sympathy," by Paul Laurence Dunbar. The author also includes a historical timeline describing some of the names that have been used to describe and label black people in the United States since 1619. Both a beautiful celebration of black culture and an excellent first black history book for young children. (Picture book. 4-8)

        COPYRIGHT(2019) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Starred review from March 15, 2020
        Grades K-3 *Starred Review* A beautifully told and illustrated celebration of African American people and ethnology, Black Is a Rainbow Color thoughtfully explores what the Black experience means to a child. Starting with the young narrator's personal experience with the color black ( Black is the braid in my best friend's hair / Black are the bottoms of summertime feet ), then moving toward historical and cultural events ( Black was the man / who gave the world his dream ), each line emphasizes the positive connotations of the word. Accentuating these efforts are Holmes' (Voice of Freedom, 2015) gorgeous illustrations, which are reminiscent of stained-glass church windows and manifest the many ways people of African descent can be beautiful. After the rhyming text, Joy supplies historical and cultural notes (including descriptions of how each page spread relates to a specific segment of Black history and a time line of the words used to describe Black people since the first enslaved people arrived in colonial America), a song list featuring deliberately chosen celebratory music from throughout the decades, and three poems. All provide context for the people depicted within and for the mores of each era. A must-have for children's collections.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2020, American Library Association.)

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