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Eyes That Kiss in the Corners

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A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future.

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by HarperCollins
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'I have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea.'

Me *before reading*: Let's read this picture book so that I can complete my edited 2020 reading challenge
Me *after reading*: LOL SOBS I'M FINE

For real, though Eyes That Kiss in the Corners is absolutely beautiful and so well-written, I got emotional barely halfway through. It's important to have such affirming stories when we live in a world where people of color are discriminated against and made to feel inadequate on the basis of so
1-15-21: Pardon me while I wipe the tears away, but this book!

I'm a biracial woman (part Chinese and part Mexican); growing up, I wasn't aware of my features until I was enrolled in a new school. My peers made it clear that since I wasn't fully Asian or fully Latina, I was going to have to work hard to fit in. Long story short, I spent a lot of my life ashamed of myself, including my eyes.

I'm in a better place, but when I first heard about EYES THAT KISS IN THE CORNERS, I sobbed for about twen
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
THE ARTWORK IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL and the story will help so many asian children overcome their differences in appearances and have self-love
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
did not expect to sob over this book, but "my eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea are a revolution. they are mama and amah and mei-mei. they are me. and they are beautiful." made me bawl for a good ten minutes. ...more
Jillian Heise
STUNNING!!! Even more so in the print book than the digital galley! An affirming story for Asian American children that should be in every classroom and school. Will pair beautifully with Where Are You From? & Hair Love. The perfect picture book to start counteracting the too often seen stereotype of slanted/squinty eyes in illustrations of Asian characters.
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Dung Ho's lush, breathtaking illustrations illuminate the author's heartwarming and lyrical praise for eyes shared by several generations of women and girls in a family—and the myriad stories, traditions, and history behind that special gaze. Uplifting and essential! ...more
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A completely beautiful and important reading experience. The illustrations are exquisite and the text is so heartfelt -- tender yet powerful. But, don't take my word for it, read the reviews by those for whom this book has personal meaning. I couldn't help but think of my young nieces as I read this book -- their eyes "kiss in the corners" and I hope they will feel as strong and as beautiful as the little girl in this book. ...more
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5/5. I haven’t been this happy to receive a book in the post in a while! And it was great, I already teared up reading the blurb and the book itself is even better. The illustrations are also wonderful!! Definitely recommended.
Shaye Miller
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: diversity, youtube
I first saw this book as a read aloud by Miss Lipari at First Grade Fun and Disney Sun. However, I later found it available through Overdrive library, which allowed me to see the beautiful illustrations much more clearly. In lyrical text and cheerful, heartwarming (sometimes fantastical) artwork, this story shows an appreciation for diversity in our facial features as well as the celebration of biological family connections. Such a sweet book that will be a wonderful mirror or window for readers ...more
Jul 01, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-releases
July 01, 2020 this cover is sooo cute omg
Michele Knott
Simply gorgeous. Pause to take in the writing, and then pause to appreciate the illustrations.
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
this was so heartwarming 🥺
Pine Reads Review
“My eyes crinkle into crescent moons and sparkle like the stars. Gold flecks dance and twirl while stories whirl in their oolong pools, carrying tales of the past and hope for the future.”

One day a little girl realizes that she doesn’t really look like everyone else. Her eyes are a different shape, they kiss in the corners—just like her grandmother’s, sister’s, and mother’s do. She notices how they glow like warm tea, carry stories and crinkle into crescent moons. As she connects her features to
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
First off can I say how much I love this book? The illustrations, the themes, the writing - they're all so lovely and important. I haven't read a children's book in years but I'm very glad I read this one.
The illustrations are full of life and color and are some of the most beautiful illustrations I've seen in a children's book, the writing is lyrical and gives notice to the beauty of Asian eyes, and I love how the author uses the word "revolutionary." The idea of embracing and loving physical
So warm, so close home. My heart is full. ♡

Here's to my future daughters and grandaughters with eyes that kiss in the corners : just like mine!
Gabi Maharani
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
would love to have had this as a kid 🥺🤍
My partner heard me bawling in the bathroom over this book. I wish I had this book growing up. It would have taken me on a better journey to self-love (and most likely many others). I implore every educator, whether you're a teacher or parent, to grab this book and add it to your libraries. It's important for children to see themselves in mainstream media. To see eyes, something on our body that is often scrutinized as undesirable, represented in such a way is so...freeing. Definitely recommend ...more
Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
STUNNING! The language of this book, the art, all of it is absolutely STUNNING. Without giving too much away, here are a few of my favorite lines (there are many!):

My eyes crinkle into crescent moons
and sparkle like the stars

My lashes curve like the
swords of warriors
and, through them,
I see kingdoms in the clouds

Joanna Ho ends by having the MC call her eyes a revolution. This book certainly is a revolution. As an educator who used to serve a significant population of Asian American kids in a com
Paige Green
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this ebook from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Eyes That Kiss in the Corners

Author: Joanna Ho

Book Series: Standalone

Diversity: Asian main and side characters

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For...: Diverse reads, ownvoice work, children's book

Publication Date: January 5, 2021

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 40

Recommended Age: 5+ (diversity and how we should celebrate it)

Synopsis: A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have b
Faith Pray
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
EYES THAT KISS IN THE CORNERS by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho is a stunning picture book that begins with a comparison: “Some people have eyes like sapphire lagoons with lashes like lace trim on ballgowns, sweeping their cheeks as they twirl. Big eyes, long lashes. Not me .”

The book goes on to explore the main character’s feelings about herself, an Asian girl with eyes “that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea.”

I love the themes of embracing one’s own beauty, honoring family and he
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I so rarely see children's books focused solely on Asian Americans, especially in the local bookstores in Texas. Picked this up and immediately knew I had to get this for my bookshelf. I grew up in an area where I was part of the Asian American majority, but I have heard far too many stories from my Asian friends who grew up elsewhere and were painfully aware of their physical appearances. I had never been mocked for my looks or heritage until I moved away for college, when my confidence was hig ...more
Abby Johnson
This beautiful book is a wonderful affirmation for East Asian kids who have "eyes that kiss in the corners". It celebrates the beauty of eyes that glow like tea and the fact that the little girl in the book has eyes that match her mother's and her grandmother's and her little sister's. As she is celebrating her family's beautiful eyes, she also celebrates her cultural heritage and the stories her grandmother tells, as well as the close relationship between the women and girls in her family. This ...more
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to KTReads by: Chloe
Shelves: anticipated-2021
so adorable and important!!!
Sarah Verno
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful. Just beautiful.
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wow! I don't want to say this should be considered for an award or two (but it deservedly needs to be) but I just hope that this beautiful book finds its way into as many hands as possible so in can be appreciated and fawned over in every corner of the world! ...more
A young Chinese American girl first speaks of others' eyes, beautiful, but not like hers. Finding beauty in her own eyes, she describes them as the title says: "eyes that kiss in the corners" and then "glow like warm tea". She connects to her mother as well, noting how those eyes are similar to hers and tell her she's "a miracle". Mama's eyes are like Amah's. She knows that Amah's eyes don't work "like they used to", but they are able to see "all the way into my heart". The theme continues, inc ...more
This book is EVERYTHING.

Joanna Ho's lyrical and powerful writing combined with Dung Ho's gorgeous illustrations resulted into an affirming and heartwarming story that teaches us to love and celebrate our Asian identity.

This was so sweet and tender. It explored the beauty of our identity and nurtured self love and confidence throughout the story. Family was also an important theme in this book, just as much as identity and self love. Both strength and hope can be found in the form of the women sh
Becky B
Even though her eyes are different from some, a little girl loves that her eyes are just like her mom's and Amah's and little sister's, and how in them she can see a rich heritage and depths of love.

A beautiful celebration of the love between female family members, Asian eyes, and cultural heritage. I've lived in Asia for 16 years and I've heard way too many beautiful Asian people complain about their eyes. I knew others in Korea who planned to have the eyelid fold surgery, and heard mothers tel
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“My eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea …”
#Bookstagram strikes again! Thanks to YA author Stacey Lee (Out Run the Moon, Downstairs Girl, and the upcoming Luck of the Titanic) this title crossed my radar. This was a beautiful, poetic tale with lush, colorful illustrations. It oozes familial love and tradition. It sparkles with building self-confidence and self-love. This was a pure delight. I can already see in my mind children running up to the new books in my public library scr
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Joanna Ho Bradshaw is the author of Eyes that Kiss in the Corners (HarperCollins, Jan 2021), Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma (HarperCollins, Fall 2021), and One Day (Winter 2023). She is a writer and educator with a passion for anti-bias, anti-racism and equity work. She holds a BA in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s from the Principal Leadership Institute ...more

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“My eyes crinkle into crescent moons
and sparkle like the stars.
Gold flecks dance and twirl
while stories whirl
in their oolong pools,
carrying tales of the past
and hope for the future.”
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