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I Celebrate My Skin by Nonku Kunene Adumetey teaches that we are born with different shades of skin color and although the colors differ, we have so much in common. Our skin is our biggest organ and keeps us warm in the winter and cools us in the summer. We use our five senses to see, hear, smell, feel and taste and we use the functions of our body parts in the same way. We are not different from each other and must love ourselves as our skin color makes us who we are. Children love and care about each other despite the difference in skin color and they hold hands and play together. They are happy to be friends despite skin color, gender, or culture. We as adults can learn from children that who we are is more important than our skin color.
In I Celebrate My Skin, Nonku Kunene Adumetey teaches children to be happy with the skin that they are born in and that everyone is unique. The book was beautifully written and children can relate to the story and the illustrations. Children will learn to accept who they are and how they look and love themselves and others. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and appealing. The children’s faces are realistic and everyone is happy. The different communities and cultures in the world are represented in this story. There are activities at the back of the book, which is a fun way for young readers to engage and learn more. This is an inspiring tale with a powerful message for young children and parents.