One for the kids: Chocolate Me! Book

I love me some Taye Diggs. In fact in our family he’s known as ‘Taiye’ with full Nigerian accent and all!! So when I discovered his royal hotness had co-written a book for children celebrating the beauty of being black, I fell in love with him all over again. Chocolate Me is aimed for children ages 4 and up. The main character is teased for looking different i.e. darker skin and curly hair. He tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else and she helps him to see how beautiful he is.

“For years before they both achieved acclaim in their respective professions, good friends Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans wanted to collaborate on Chocolate Me!, a book based on experiences of feeling different and trying to fit in as kids. Now, both men are fathers and see more than ever the need for a picture book that encourages all people, especially kids, to love themselves.”

 

From the reviews the book has been getting, it looks like it would make for great bed time reading for any little munchkin. I think I might buy a couple of copies for my various nieces, nephews and cousins.

Here’s what reviewers from amazon had to say:

“I never write reviews, so this book really has touched me. My daughter is 2 years old and throughout the day she requests her “Chocolate Me” several times. I never get tired of reading it to her because it flows easy and visually it is very pleasing to the eyes. The message is quite clear- love who you are even if you look different from your friends. This book is not for kids that are “chocolate”, but for all kids whose parents actually want to teach them about diversity and how sometimes the things we say to our friends can hurt their feelings. As I read this to my daughter I point out different things and say things like, “Don’t cry little boy you are beautiful” to let her know that even though his friends question his looks he is chocolate and beautiful.”

“This is a wonderful book, I read it, read it numerous times to my 2 year old grandson, he loved it. I originally purchased for my 9 year old granddaughter because she has a complex about her “ebony” colored skin. She loved it…we’ve decided to leave this book at my parent’s house in order for all the kids (even the “Big” kids to read and enjoy it. I listened to Taye Diggs on a radio talk show promoting his book and decided to purchase it immediately and I’m glad I did. Any book that can hold a 2 year old’s attention and a request to be read again, and to hear him repeat the phrase “Chocoloate Me” while the book is being read to him, is rated “excellent” by me!”

“This book touches on bullying, cultural awareness, and restoring self confidence. I enjoyed reading this book to my boys because they had questions that opened a dialogue. They and all children are to embrace their unique and beautiful flavors, and others ad well, and be able to make posiitive changes to our world.”

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PROTEIN vs MOISTURE:

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SOFTNESS FACTOR:

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SLIP FACTOR:

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SCALP FACTOR:

My scalp is very happy with this product and I’ve had no flare ups due to using it.

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