Marguerite W. Davol

Black, White, Just Right

Black, White, Just Right

"Black is the color of Mama's hair,
crinkly, curling around her face.
Papa's hair is popcorn colored,
short and straight and silky-smooth.

My hair? Halfway in-between --
a dark brown ponytail tied tight.
Three in the mirror -- we look just right!"

In Black, White, Just Right, the little girl thinks about all the ways that she resembles each of her parents as well as how she is different, her very own self -- in what she looks like, what she likes to do, where she likes to go, what she likes to eat, etc.
The book is a simple poem. For each episode, there is an end rhyme for listeners to join in and declare "just right."

This book was written because of my own family. My son married a woman from Kenya and I have two grandchildren who are black, white, just right!

From Booklist: A mixed race child celebrates the rich exclusiveness of her life in a joyful picture book...


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