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All the Colors of the Earth

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  209 ratings  ·  61 reviews
This book reveals in verse that despite outward differences, children everywhere are lovable and essentially the same.
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Published September 28th 1999 by Turtleback Books (first published August 15th 1994)
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Abbery Milhouse-cunningham
This children's story paints a colorful pallet of skin tones. It is not limited too one particular race. However, it embraces the theme of unity, throughout the story. This story does not contain any main characters; however, there are illustrations of children throughout the book. As a literacy teacher, I would use this text in the classroom as a visual aid to depict various physical features (ex. skin tone, hair, eye color). This book could also serve as a transition to a science lesson, becau ...more
Azriana Johnson
All the Colors of the Earth is a book that illustrates the beauty of diversity all around the world. There aren't any main characters but this poetic book shows children of all colors and shows that we are all similar even though we look different. As a teacher I would use this book to teach my students that diversity is important and that even though we all look different, that is what makes each and everyone of us beautiful. I would have them do an activity by drawing their favorite part of th ...more
Chelsea
Hamanaka, Sheila, and Crystal Taliefero. All the Colors of the Earth. Norwalk, Conn.: Weston Woods Studios, a subsidiary of SCHOLASTIC, 1997. Internet resource.

Accompanied by music, as well as animal and nature sounds, All the Colors of the Earth addresses the many skin tones and heritages found in our world. Hamanaka relates the ideas of diversity to physical entities found in nature. The sound of fallen leaves, running water, and the wind enhance the listeners' experience. Children's hair may
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Gabrielle Rullamas
A Book that every child who reads can see themselves or someone they know. Filled with beautifully done oil painting All the Colors of the earth takes a topic of race and human differences and beautifully seams them together in a poetic form. Hamanaka did a great job describing the beauty of the earth as well as making a connection to every child. This book will put a smile on your face and just reminds you how every person and thing in natures is different and yet so beautiful.
Emily Levings
Hamanaka, S. (1994). All the Colors of the Earth. New York: Scholastic.
This book is talking about all the colors that our Earth has, and it also shows the differences in people around the people. I think this is a fantastic book for all ages because it uses more complex words to describe colors. It's descriptive and has beautiful artwork. I love how it shows that everyone is different and special. I think this is a great book.
Courtney
Hamanaka, S. All the Colors of the Earth. Scholastic Inc (1994).

This extremely colorful picture book celebrates those of all different races and cultures, with rich detail and vocabulary.

The reading level for this book is grade third grade and up. Those students in younger grades would enjoy the colorful pictures, but students that are older will be more appreciative of the message behind the picture book.
Deanna
Mar 30, 2010 Deanna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lower elementary ages, K-3
Recommended to Deanna by: 2nd grade teacher
This is great cultural book to teach children the lesson that we are all different. It has beautiful textured-looking illustrations. The soft feeling images correlate well with the soft tone of the story.
The colors of the earth are very nicely related to the variations of skin colors.
I can see a possibility that young children may unintentionally attach a stigma to some of the skin colors depending on the animal they are related to. For example, with the phrase "The roaring brown of bears" is a
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Amy Holliday
Comments on the Story:
This book really flows the language used is expert. There is a great deal of assonance and alliteration used. The assonance helps the flow of the story in that not everything rhymes perfectly but it flows well because the different word types are so well selected. I also like it how the words on the page seem to bounce on the page because there are not written in a straight line. The story could be a poem or a song.


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Keri Denin Milam
For a teacher, this poetic children's book would be wonderful to teach children about diversity, and that we are all different. The book uses wonderful, descriptive language to tell about the differences children may notice in their classmates, such as hair texture ("Hair like bouncy baby lambs, or hair that flows like water") and skin color ("The roaring browns of bears and soaring eagles" or "The tickling pink of tiny seashells by the rumbling sea.") Sheila Hamanaka teaches that "Children come ...more
Kristyan Williams
All the Colors of the Earth is a beautifully illustrated book that highlights the beauty of diversity. It tells about the differences in skin color and hair texture, stating out that “Children come in all the colors of love.” The pages are filled with pictures of children of various ethnicities, playing, smiling, and holding hands together, and there is even a picture of a little girl in a wheelchair. This is a wonderful book to use when teaching young children about the value of diversity. Dive ...more
Lindsey Rogers
This colorful, multicultural book uses various literary terms, rhyme, and illustrations to promote global diversity. All the Colors of the Earth addresses many differences such as hair texture and skin color, but then makes the differences acceptable by stating that “Children come in all the colors of love.” There is personification throughout the story, for example "roaring browns of bears and soaring eagles, whispering golds of late summer grasses, crackling russets of fallen leaves." This cou ...more
James Mead
Children come in all the colors of the earth and sky and sea." 'All the Colors of the Earth' by Sheila Hamanaka is an appropriate book for young children. I liked how children are compared to nature. Each type of child had a color which relates to nature. It seemed to me that the author was saying that all children of all colors belong to the earth. When talking of diversity with my students I would introduce this book. This book would be great when talking to young children about how people loo ...more
Renea Freeman
This book was a beautiful book to read. I loved the pictures and the way the Hamanaka compares their skin and different body parts to earthly things like water, lambs, flowers and wheat. Throughout the book several children show their excitement for who they are and the things that their skin is compared to. The book also shows how love is represented in different races, which is powerful, kind, beautiful and special throughout every race. This book can teach that although we are all different ...more
Bree Bosse
This book depicts in rhyme the differences and similarities in children around the world. It shows the ethnic diversity of children throughout the world by describing the children's skin and hair color in terms of natural objects. It depicts and celebrates the outward differences in children and also shows how each are the same in many ways and are all lovable. There are various cultures represented in this book and expressed in a creative, beautiful way. Great for a "All About Me" theme- also r ...more
Meg McGregor
A beautiful way to introduce children to the diversity of our world.

Breathtaking photographs and poetic text make this book a keeper.
Jocelyne
This book beautifully explains racial differences by celebrating the different colours on the earth.
Arissa
This book explains skin tones in a different way than all of the other books. Children are celebrated by the colors of the earth. The poetic details that explain the many colors children are in the way described through nature in the world. It exposes children to diversity through a book using nature as metaphors such as "The roaring browns of bears and soaring eagles" as a comparison. I can use this book to teach students about diversity and explore the nature of the earth. The author did a goo ...more
Ashley
A beautifully illustrated book to introduce all the colors that children come in.
Amber Adams
This was a wonderful book. It teaches students bout the diversity around the world. The author uses very descriptive writing in this book. She uses Sensory Details (The roaring browns of bears and soaring eagles), Color (whispering golds of late summer grasses) And Similes (..hair like bouncy baby lambs, Or hair that flows like water, Or hair that curls like sleeping cats in snoozy cat colors.) this book will show students how to produce more descriptive writings. Tis book shows students how to ...more
Patricia Holland
I absolutely love this book. It is so tastefully and beautifully made. What the writer compares the children to are such natural things that makes children feel proud for being the way that they are. I found a video of this book with sound affects, music and animation. After the book is read the book is then sang and it is lovely.

Teaching Application:
This is a great book for young children and can be used to teach appreciation for all the unique qualities we each possess. This book can be rea
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Amy  A.
This is a simple story that explains explictly that all people have differences like skin tones and hair textures but everyone, no matter their color has love. This book has beautiful oil on canvas illustrations and depicts a wide variety of people with different characteristics. It is a celebration of differences. This book also has an accompaning audio cassette. The audio cassette lends another layer of differences in the different voices and inflections allowing for more discussion of similar ...more
June
Feb 04, 2015 June rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: librarians, parents, teachers
Recommended to June by: Rhona
Celebrates all the colors children come in. I use it for MLK programs for the storytime crowd. 1/18/12

Used again for MLK program and the toddlers seemed quite taken with it. 1/16/13

We were closed this year for my MLK program, so I included this in my colors story time since, my toddlers stayed for the Story Time after sitting through my Lap Time. They seemed to enjoy the illustrations even if the moral was a bit over there heads. 1/28/14

Used this for my colors story time as it got postponed unti
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Anita
"All the Colors of the Earth" is one of the best books I have read the vocabulary is just incredible. The book uses phrases such as, "The whispering golds of late summer grasses, and crackling russets of fallen leaves." The language is definitely the best part of the book.

The eagle may even have kids that shade on its back. I would use this book in my classroom as a vocabulary enhancer. I would also use it so children can see that they aren't just black or white, they are all the colors of the
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Audrey
I LOVED the language of this book. The words and descriptions are so vibrant.
Kirei
This book doesn't have a story. It just a line on each page. For example: "The roaring browns of bears and soaring eagles." I found it a little simplistic for my elementary school kid, it felt more like a toddler book. But the illustrations are great, with lot of different kinds of kids.
Two sets of parents appear--interracial couples with the male darker than the female. I thought the illustrator could have varied it a bit more than that, if she was going to include parents.
Kristi Bernard
This beautifully illustrated book introduces children with colorful words to the diversity of our world. The flowing vocabulary introduces words like "roaring browns of bears and soaring eagles, whispering golds of late summer grasses, crackling russets of fallen leaves."

Sheila Hamanaka has done a fantastic job of bringing the colors to life with oil paints on canvas. The exquisite pages are blended to the words and the kids and parents too will love this book.
Amber
I truly enjoyed "All the Colors of the Earth." This book would be best used in an early childhood classroom but is also a great resource for an elementary classroom. The appreciation and indulgence in each skin tone is a wonderful. There is no favoritism only description and acknowledgment. I like how rich the colors in the book are and I like how it opens up discussion for biracial families. There are not enough books that do this. This book is now a favorite of mine.
Ashley Correll
This book depicts in rhyme the differences and similarities in children around the world. It shows the ethnic diversity of children throughout the world by describing the children's skin and hair color in terms of natural objects. This book depicts and celebrates the outward differences in children and also shows how each are the same in many ways and are all lovable. There are various cultures represented in this book and expressed in a creative, beauriful way.
Christa
Reveals in verse that despite outward differences children everywhere are essentially the same and all are lovable. I like that the author included all children from African-American, Latino, to the disabled. A very simple, but good message with nice pictures. The style is not fancy, but the plot is a very good message that kids will enjoy. The setting, theme, and point of view all convey strong positive characters and empowering meanings.
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