Book - ENGLISH - The Shade of Cocoa


The Shade of Cocoa

by Marquita B. - Illustrated by Jasmine Mills

Bella is a happy and inquisitive five-year-old girl who loves to play with her friends, go to school, and spend time with her family. Everyone tells her how beautiful she is, but she doesn't feel as beautiful as the faces she sees on TV and in the magazines. Join Bella as she navigates a very important life lesson and learns to love the skin she is in. This captivating story for young children provides a message of empowerment and acceptance that readers of all ages can understand and enjoy.

  • English Book!
  • 8.5 "x 8.5" - Large book
  • Hardcover
  • 32 pages

"Marquita B created a great children book with an important message for all ages. I really liked it! You keep connecting with all the characters which are not easy. It is very hard for an author to create empathy between the reader and the characters, but you can expect it in The Shade of Cocoa. And have you seen this precious cover?
I recommend The Shade of Cocoa as it is a great book for you to think about the importance of self-love no matter the color of your skin, hair, or eyes. Bella thinks that she is less pretty because she is different from the girls that appear on television. She will learn that she is beautiful and so is everybody in all their shapes, colors, or forms. It is heart-breaking for me to think that a child might second guess her beauty due to our selfishness.
You can expect a roller coaster of emotions. The illustrations are truly beautiful and I recommend this book to all parents.


"This book hands down gets a 5-star rating for its uplifting messages, family values, and for its beautifully written subject. I loved reading this story to my daughter who is the shade of caramel. My daughter’s very much like Cocoa. She’s an inquisitive, playful kind-hearted child. I enjoyed reading about education, self-love, natural beauty, and friendships which were emphasized throughout the book."


"What a beautifully written children’s book! This inspiring read is so necessary in a world where our little black and brown girls and boys do not associate their complexions with beauty. This book teaches our babies to love the skin they’re in! Loved it"

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