Item description for Nina Bonita: A Story (Children's Books from Around the World) (Children's Books from Around the World) by Rosana Faria Elena Iribarren...
This beautiful and charming story deals with a sensitive subject in a sensitive way. "Black is beautiful" to a little white rabbit and while trying to discover the secret that will make him black, readers get a funny, yet educational introduction to genetics. Full color.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.01" Width: 7.24" Height: 0.11" Weight: 0.24 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2001
Publisher Kane/Miller Book Pub
ISBN 1929132115 ISBN13 9781929132119
Reviews - What do customers think about Nina Bonita: A Story (Children's Books from Around the World) (Children's Books from Around the World)?
Enchanting story Apr 22, 2008
This is a beautiful and touching story. By the way, this book was originally written in Portuguese, the author is part of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. This story was inspired by her baby daughter, whose skin was actually very white but different from her brothers who had darker skin and loved her very much. This story shows that skin color doesn't matter and we can love one another despite of our differences in any level.
Amazing... Jun 2, 2007
My daughter is African and Mexican American, so we love books that celebrate African/Latin heritage and this does it beautifully. The illustrations and the rythm of the writing are so well matched. This is one of our favorites.
Very charming book about diversity Jan 11, 2007
This book is great. The illustrations are awesome and the story is beautiful. I bought it to read to my foster children. It's basically about a white rabbit who meets a young black girl and wants to know what he can do to be black and beautiful like her.
"What makes your skin so dark and so pretty?" Jul 5, 2006
A beautiful, dark-skinned little girl who lives near the seaside is the inspiration for this utterly charming tale about differences and the acceptance of others. Nina Bonita has "eyes like two shiny black olives", hair that is pitch black and curly and skin that is "dark and glossy like a panther in the rain". When her mother arranges her hair into tiny braids, she looks like a princess of Africa or "a fairy from the Kingdom of the Moon".
One day a white rabbit, with pink ears and dark red eyes, inquires, "What is your secret? What makes your skin so dark and pretty?" Since she doesn't know what to say, Nina Bonita answers that when she was a baby, black ink spilled on her. The rabbit pours ink all over himself and, sure enough, he is black... for a while. Then the rain washes all the ink away. Nina says, "I drank lots of hot coffee" and the rabbit drinks so much coffee that he can't go to sleep, but he doesn't turn black; "I ate lots of blackberries", so he does, but he doesn't turn black, although he does get a terrible stomach ache. The rabbit is very discouraged, at a loss of an explanation until Nina Bonita's mother exclaims, "She looks just like her grandmother!"
The riddle is solved! The rabbit suddenly understands that if he marries a black rabbit, they will have bunnies in all shades of black, white and gray. And that's exactly what happens, baby bunnies in every shade. The softly-colored illustrations of Nina's seaside life reflect the subtle nuances of a tale of color and differences, imaginatively written with great wisdom, a simple lesson about acceptance. Luan Gaines/2006.
Beautiful! Mar 15, 2002
A very sweet story.. beautifully illustrated! As a bilingual mom of a 5 month-old baby, I enjoyed reading this book. Although the title suggest a book in Spanish, it's actually beautifully written in English.