A celebration of the evolution of skin colour

This book should seriously be compulsory in all primary schools.
It's published by the historic David Philip Publishers that was the quintessential independent anti-apartheid publishing house in South Africa, and it's a bit more than a book about race: it's a book about anthropology and biological science,  focusing on how skin colour has evolved and influenced human life and societies.

Five friends explore and discuss the skin they are in: the story, written by South Africa’s best-selling author Sindiwe Magona, is integrated and expanded by American anthropologist Nina G. Jablonski' scientific narrative,  highlighted in the white boxes in each page. These detail and support the conversation topics generated by the children’s adventure.

Why do people come in so many different colours?
It's a story that starts over 50,000 years ago in Africa and continues until people started to develop ways to move to different latitudes and their genes adapted to the changed environment over thousands of years, up until 1700, when some European thinkers and philosophers introduced the idea of superiority of the white race.

I mean I think us parents also need to review some history lessons, right?

I found my copy a while ago at my local Daunt Books Shop which keeps it in their catalogue permanently. It always goes sold out quickly, which is encouraging:)
Not super easy to find, ask your local independent bookseller to order and store it.

On a separate note, if your child only has a pink, brown and black pencil to choose from when colouring the skin in their artwork, it's time to get him these gorgeous LYRA skin tones colouring pencils
Skin we are in [2018]
Written by Sindiwe Magona and Nina G Jablonski, an imprint of New Africa Books
Illustrated by Lynn Fellman
English-language edition published by David Philip Publishers
Reading age: 5+
Themes: Non-Fiction, Race, Identity

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