Skin Again Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-09 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 9 user ratings

"This was a beautiful book to read and so great to talk with students about our skin color and how it is only an outside force - it should not be looked at in other ways. It was very powerful and poetic, and can definitely be used for a lesson on rhythms and beats. The teacher could read in rhythm as students clap or snap along to the beats and find this rhythm as we read. bell hooks does a great job addressing an important issue. I also loved the images of the onions and snakes, with their skin on the outside - this is wonderful to show students that we have an outside to us, and the inside is the important part. " said.

""Skin Again," by bell hooks, is a kids book with interesting illustrations accompanying a poem about skin color and what it does and does not tell about a person. It's a great poem, lyrical and engaging, for an adult. My 4 1/2 year old enjoyed the book alright but never asked for a re-read and didn't seem super engaged. It is, I think, above his ability to comprehend. We'll try again when he's a little older. As the white parent of a white child, I could conceivably spend my entire life never talking to my kid about race or racism. We could just ignore it entirely. Or we could talk about being "color blind," a different way of ignoring racism and racial inequality. "Skin Again" is one way to start talking about race and skin color and differences." said.

"I love the message of this book: your skin/appearance doesn't define you. The book is written in the first person ("The skin I'm in is just a covering. It cannot tell my story.") so that the book builds in a way of how others should treat you/how you should expect to be treated (as opposed to directly stating how we should view and interact with others). My biggest problem is getting the rhythm of reading the book aloud. I've read through it a few times now and can't quite wrap myself around how I would read it aloud to a child or a class. What points am I emphasizing? How can I use the illustrations to draw the kids into the meaning of the story? I think it has a great message for kids (bell hooks <3), but I'm just not sure how to best use it yet. " said.

"This young children’s picture book has a mature and positive message about race and identity. The majority of the text is printed in alternating black and white large font, although there are phrases found in brown, yellow, blue and green. Many of the sentences are spread over a few pages, each page revealing a phrase or idea of the whole. This layout for the text reinforces the theme that to really understand a person, you must try to see the many pieces of their identity and not just their skin. The illustrations are abstract images of children with various tones of skin color, and appear to be done in oil paints. The medium has been used to blend, streak, and often leave fuzzy/blurred edges. There are also repeated images of onions, snakes, hearts, and squares. The pictures support the idea of boxes not to be put in, and of layers to reveal if one truly wants to understand another. The abstract art is appropriate for a text presenting a complex social issue that requires higher levels of thinking to comprehend. This book is designed for young children, who would immediately identify with the images in the illustrations; but its uses are universal." said.

" Another great collaboration between Bell Hooks and Chris Raschka this time encouraging readers to look beyond the color of one's skin and get to know the real person. " said.

" bell hooks and Chris Raschka? Yes, please! " said.

" Powerful poetic words "The shin I'm in" on the very first page gets the reader thinking no matter their age. " said.

" Lovely children's book about opening your heart and allowing yourself to see other people for their heart as well. Gorgeous illustrations, and written by bell hooks. Love. " said.

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