Magnificent Homespun Brown
About the Author & Illustrator
Magnificent Homespun Brown is an exploration of the natural world and family bonds through the eyes of a young, mixed-race narrator―a living, breathing, dazzlingly multi-faceted, exuberant masterpiece, firmly grounded in her sense of self-worth and belonging. This is a story―a poem, a song, a celebration― about feeling at home in your own beloved skin.
If Walt Whitman were reborn as a vibrant young woman of color, this is the book he might write. America, we hear you singing! With vivid illustrations by Kaylani Juanita, Samara Cole Doyon sings a carol for the plenitude that surrounds us and the self each of us is meant to inhabit.
"The text of the poem is delightfully filled with rich imagery and luscious language, complex enough to grow into but familiar enough to enjoy at any age. Juanita's earth-toned illustrations are joyful and remarkably inclusive. The girls and their friends and family wear a variety of hairstyles; there are characters in hijabs, one with vitiligo, a child in a wheelchair, and an adult without a hand. Readers may find themselves wondering whether this is the same girl in many aspects or many―and then contemplating their own multifaceted natures. This "celebration" makes magic out of the everyday joys of being in the world.”
- Kirkus Reviews - STARRED
"Absolutely lovely" - Jacqueline Woodson, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Laureate 2018, Author of Brown Girl Dreaming, National Book Award Winner 2014, Another Brooklyn, National Book Award Finalist 2016
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