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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
Growing up is not easy, but things get a little better when you have the right people to inspire you. The childhood of Clarence, an African-American boy and the protagonist of A Colored Child's Belly by Lakella L. Davenport, is not as carefree as that of other kids his age. His father has left home, and he grows up with his mother and twin sisters. To make some money, he does various jobs, including distributing newspapers and working in the home of Mr. Rimmey, a lawyer. Mr. Rimmey will be the figure who inspires Clarence once he grows up. In the meantime, the reader will discover Clarence's relationships with his family and girlfriend, and his pastimes and experiences.
I have always enjoyed reading the stories of people, especially young people, who have not let themselves be disheartened by circumstances but have been able to find their way in life. A Colored Child's Belly is one of these stories, and Lakella L. Davenport did a great job narrating the events from Clarence's point of view. Her writing is simple and clear, and it really gives you the impression that a young boy like Clarence is describing his life to a friend in chronological order, with special attention to birthdays and national holidays such as Thanksgiving. I enjoyed discovering what life had in store for Clarence. A Colored Child's Belly is a deep and emotive book, and I am sure empathetic readers will appreciate it as much as I did.