Back of Book:
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.
I was so excited to be gifted a copy of this picture book from author Veronica Bartles (check out her amazing website and books) Veronica Bartles, KidLit Creator (vbartles.com)
Own voice debut author Joanna Ho has created a stunning own voice that showcases a young girl as she celebrates her unique eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea. She realizes that her eyes connect her to her mother and grandmother and the heritage they share. The girl recognizes that her beauty is a unique blend of her past and her present. This realization allows her to feel empowered, and ready to be a role model for her little sister. The text is written in a first-person narrative and allows readers to connect with what the young girl is saying. The phrase eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea is repeated several times which adds a beautiful cadence to the story. The illustrations by Dung Ho are filled with vibrant colors and images! “Eyes that Kiss in the Corners” is the kind of story that should not be missed.
Ages 5 and up