Name of Book: All the Colors of the Earth
Author: Sheila Hamanaka
Illustrator: Sheila Hamanaka
Publisher: Morrow Junior Books
Publisher’s Intended Audience: Ages 4-8
Summary: Using rhyme, the story shows that even with outward differences (color, gender, race, physical challenges), children everywhere are basically the same and are all loveable.
Literary elements at work in the story: Poetic picture book
Perspective on gender/race/culture/economic/ability: Diversity is the essential theme of the book and the illustrations picture children of many different races, both genders, and children wearing glasses and in wheelchairs. There is, however, no child that is overweight. Mixed racial families and friends are also depicted through illustration.
Scripture: Luke 18:10, Mark 12:31, John 15:12
Theology: God created all life and granted people differences in color, gender, shape and size. Since God is good and wholly perfect, the diversity he created must be a good thing. God’s love is available to all of us no matter who we are, where we live, or what we look like. Since we’re all children of God, we’re all one family. Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves and to love one another has he loved us.
Faith Talk Questions (intended for use with children ages 4 – 11):
- What children’s song does this story remind you of?
- What are some things that children from a different country, with a different skin color, who speak a different language or use a wheelchair do that are just like things you do?
- What are some ways we can act towards others to show that we are all part of God’s family?
Prepared by Kelly Hames, MACE, Entering cohort 2008
All the Colors of the Earth by Storypath is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.