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Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs
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Feb 08, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 5-picture-story-books
Read in February, 2012

Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs and illustrated by Shane W. Evans is a wonderful children's story that teaches children to embrace diversity and the personal differences that make them unique. The story follows a young boy who is unlike all of his friends because of his skin color. His friends are interested in his differences, as many young children are, and this makes him insecure and creates a desire within himself to be like everyone else. He goes home and tells him Mom "Why can't I be more like Timmy or Johnny or Mark with straight hair and a different noise?" and his mom replies, "Wait one minute, my sweet! Can't you see? You have skin like velvet fudge frosting!" The response of his mother excites and him and helps him realize that having differences is a good thing and that he is a special person despite his many differences.
The illustrations throughout are wonderfully and creatively designed. They add great emphasis to the text and the overall understanding of the book. The pictures are bright and simple, but without them, the story throughout would not be same or have the same meaning. Since the story was about a young boy with visual differences, the illustrations are really important in understanding what is going on. They pictures are especially important for younger children who may be reading the book.
Overall, I thought the book was a great children’s story to teach a lesson about diversity. The target age in my opinion, would be grades 1-2. The text and pictures were simple, but the lesson would be great to teach kids of these ages. Teachers could use the book as a great read-aloud, using different voices for the different characters. Teachers could also incorporate a discussion between the children talking about all of the many differences that make people special.
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