Pros: Poetry, photography, simplicity and celebration of uniqueness and diversity.
Every wise parent wants their children to be confident of who they are and instill in their children a sense of pride in their heritage. Being the father of three adopted children, I am more aware of this desire for my children. My sons are Guatemalan and my daughter is part African-American and part Caucasian. In seeking to help each of them understand who they are and be proud of who they are, some books are more helpful than others.
Proclaiming I am Black, I am Unique, this book does a wonderful job of celebrating the many different skin tones, hair textures, and eye colors of black children using lovely poetry in comparing each to such common things as ginger, pretzels, braided rope and not so common things as an onyx or tigers eye. Each description is accompanied by beautiful photos of children perfectly illustrating the imagery of the words. Whether having a skin tone thats brassy yellow like popcorn or gingery brown like a cookie or midnight blue like a licorice stick with hair like the soft puffs of cotton or the stiff ringlets in a lambs wool or the twisted corkscrew in a rope, this book encourages children of all colors to recognize, celebrate and be proud of the diversity that is found in someone being black.
This is one of my favorite books to read to my little girl. She definitely has hair as soft as a cotton ball with eyes as black as ebony. She is black and she is unique.