Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho and Dung Ho

Updated: Mar 3



A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future.

Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self-love and empowerment. This powerful, poetic picture book will resonate with readers of all ages.


This picture book is lyrical, lovely, and a children's version of one of my favourite Thomas Hardy poems. it celebrates family and the everlasting thing that is heredity.

Growing up, I spent my time between my home country, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom. In one country, I was surrounded by people like me - I never felt out of place. In the other country, I stuck out like a very brown thumb. There was always a sense of recognition whenever we saw another black family, be they from Africa, America or the Caribbeans. Eyes That Kiss in the corner is fantastic on many layers. Children can enjoy it on the family strength alone, but they can also take comfort f they feel a little out of place in the wider world.

Verdict

Perfect for children who feel separated from their peers by their features. Maybe not so perfect for adopted children who feel separated from their parents by the same thing.

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