The narrator of the story, If Dominican Were a Color, is proud of the colors of their home, the Dominican Republic. And that love shines with the text of Sili Recio and the amazing illustrations of Brianna McCarthy. From the colors of cinnamon, cocoa, the blue black of dreams and many more come to life, with deeply rich and bold illustrations. They are proud and strong. The colors explode off the page.
The story itself is one we know: be proud of who you are and where you are from. It is the art that makes this something new, refreshing, and unique. Everything is simple, but not simplistic. The richness of the culture comes popping off the page as text and illustrations complement each other. All ages can have it read to them, and early readers (some with help) can start reading on their own.
This is a book that you read illustrations and text. It is an experience book that you take away from it what you put into it. I would recommend reading first (and maybe even a few times) before reading aloud as it does have a flow that takes time. Everything pops off the page and is “there” and not to be rushed. It is deceptively simple looking but does have some complexities that are not “complex” but not simplistic either. It is a cozy and comfortable story.
Also available in Spanish as, Si Quisqueya Fuera Un Color, the story opens the new world of the Dominican Republic and can show pride in your background and history.