by Arnold Adoff, pictures by Emily Arnold McCully
Brown-skinned momma, the color of chocolate milk and coffee pumpkin pie, whose face gets ginger red when she puffs and yells the children into bed. White-skinned daddy, not white like milk or snow, lighter than brown, With pinks and tiny tans, whose face gets tomato red when he puffs and yells their children into bed. Children who are all the colors of the race, growing up happy in a house full of love. This is the way it is for them; this is the way they are, but the joy they feel extends to every reader of this book. Black is brown is tan is a story poem about being, a beautiful true song about a family delighting in each other and in the good things of the earth.
"Fragmented verse lovingly explores the colors of multicultural families" - School Library Journal (starred review)
- 1973 School Library Journal Best Children's Book
- School Library Journal Best Book