YOU BE ME, I'LL BE YOU by Pili Mandelbaum

YOU BE ME, I'LL BE YOU

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KIRKUS REVIEW

When brown Anna tells Daddy that she would rather be white like him, he makes a game of letting her color his face with coffee and powdering hers with flour. Mama, who is black, is not amused and suggests showers for both; but not before Anna has noticed white women having their hair curled, and before Dad has pointed out that whites often labor to get a tan. Ironically, this Belgian book, which is clearly intended to point out the foolishness of placing importance on skin color, may offend some American sensibilities; yet the family is reasonable and affectionate, the collage illustrations attractive, and the concern a real one that is explored with some sensitivity--as it is in Tate's Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (la. 186/C-34).

Pub Date: March 1st, 1990
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Kane/Miller