Chocolate Me!

On January 24, 2012, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke

I learned about Chocolate Me! in the last few days.

It’s about a boy who is teased for having a dark skin tone and curly hair. He confides in his mother that he wishes he could be more like everyone else, and she helps him discover the beauty he holds within him. It sounds like a beautiful story.

I have to say I am intrigued by the book for purely selfish reasons. First, I think Simone and Nadia will enjoy reading and hearing it. Second, I’ve also written a children’s picture book about skin color.

I will definitely pick up a copy of the book and review it. In the meantime, check out this MyBrownBaby story about Chocolate Me! author Taye Diggs, his thoughts on skin color, and the trouble it caused.

Have you read Chocolate Me?

 
  • Taliba

    I did read this book and considered it for my 3 year old granddaughter; the pictures were so colorful and lovely; it had a great theme and wise lesson overall. However, I couldn’t bring myself to buy it for my little one. She is 3 and the first part of the story is so negative. I don’t think she has ever seen herself as ugly at all or different (in a bad way). She likes her nose, her cinnamon skin, her full heart-shaped lips and her fuzzy hair. She does pageants and thinks she is awesome (she’s won several), beautiful, and sassy; so I was wasn’t sure that I wanted to put a negative idea in her head. Our family is chock full of all races; racial mixtures and cultures and she hasn’t had this happen to her in our suburban neighborhood.

    Now, I am not blind, nor naive: I am a Psychologist and I know this happens (although I honestly think less so these days with very young ones); but wasn’t sure a 3 year old should be exposed if she hasn’t had this thrown at her yet. I don’t think our family is that different from others. In fact my bi-racial (half Asian) nephew has very full lips (got them from my brother); and people NEVER stop telling him how gorgeous he is with those full lips! Maybe I am over-thinking it. I did buy this type of book for my very “chocolate” long, wavy-haired daughter when she was young (because she was always being asked where her hair came from); but not so sure this is the book for our kids now. Or maybe 3 is just too young…I was just not convinced this would be good for her. I don’t know how others feel; who have read it (?)

    • http://www.honeysmoke.com Honeysmoke

      Thanks for your input. I’ll be sure to read it before I buy it.