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REVIEW: Honeysmoke by Monique Fields

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Title: Honeysmoke

Author: Monique Fields | Illustrator: Yesenia Moises

Publisher: Imprint | Published: January 8, 2019

Theme:  Identity

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 32

Ages: 3-6 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure:

Synopsis: A young biracial girl looks around her world for her color. She finally chooses her own, and creates a new word for herself―honeysmoke.

For multiracial children, and all children everywhere, this picture book offers a universal message that empowers young people to create their own self-identity.

Simone knows her color―she is honeysmoke.

My thoughts…

This book is E V E R Y T H I NG! I can’t express how thoroughly AMAZING it is. There are so many biracial boys and girls who can relate to Simone in the story. That is key in telling this story. The cover was stunning. I had to stop and just marvel at it. The text was well written and easy to read. The font size and typeset are easy for an early reader to follow. Fields made a thing that can be complicated and hard to explain into something that even a child can follow. Great storytelling by Fields!

Moises’ illustrations took my breath away. They were so warm and welcoming. The imagery was just spot on and the warmth and texture couldn’t be more accurate. There was something truly endearing in each page of this book. Fields has set the bar high for other picture books with deal with identity and being biracial. It is the gold standard in my book. This book should be on the shelves of school and community libraries everywhere.

My rating…