black is brown is tan

  • Author / Illustrator: Arnold Adoff / Emily Arnold McCully
  • Poetry
  • Age Range/Level Recommendation:  3 – 8 yrs.

Summary: Poem about an interracial home. Shows what most see as normal parent child interaction.

Themes/Tags: Love, family


  1. Why do you think the author chose this title?
  2. How is your family like the one here in the poem? Different?
  3. How does your Mom or Dad react when you do not do as they ask?

Extension Activities:

  1. Color mixing – black and white, brown and white, black, brown and white
  2. Family chart on hair color, eye color, favorite color, favorite food…….
  3. Make a family house. Large paper house, glue on pictures showing family doing things. Great do at home and bring in to share activity.

Comment: I am not a big poem person, but I love this poem and why it was written. Lastest version is updated with watercolor illustrations and contemporary setting.

Good book to read if you do not have a diverse student group as if offers a chance to see differences in homes/families. Great book if you do have a mixed racial student, as they will love reading about a family like their own.

Personal / PB

Suggested reading:

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler

Bein’ with You This Way by W. Nikola-Lisa

Published in: Multi-cultural, Poetry on March 4, 2012 at5:08 pm Comments (0)
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