How would you describe your eyes?
One young Asian girl’s eyes are different to those of the other children. They are not ‘sapphire lagoons with lashes like lace trim on ballgowns.’ Instead, her eyes are like her mama’s and her grandmother’s and her younger sister’s. They are ‘eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea.’ They are eyes with lashes that ‘curve like the swords of warriors.’ They are eyes filled with stories of the past and hopes for the future. They are her eyes and they are beautiful…
Filled with family, warmth, happiness and love, Eyes That Kiss in the Corners is a breathtakingly beautiful ode to Asian eyes. Told in a rich mix of prose, similes and metaphors and featuring stunning Chinese imagery, this love letter of self acceptance and learning to love yourself is a wonderful celebration of the diversity in our facial features.
In a world so often perpetuated by hate, it was heart-warming, comforting and reassuring to have a young girl whose self-esteem and confidence is firmly in place. Our passionate and proud narrator happily talks about her eyes and everything that is wonderful about them, her Asian heritage and love for who she is bursting from every page. She basks in the joy of the three generations of family members who she shares the same eyes with; mama whose eyes are filled with love and laughter, Amah’s eyes that are filled with knowledge and stories, and a younger sister’s eyes that are filled with adoration and admiration.
Books that celebrate diversity and empower children to embrace everything that makes them the unique individuals that they are are priceless. Eyes That Kiss in the Corners is a perfect picture book; absolutely gorgeous and with a meaningful and powerful message. This lesson in self-love and the importance of celebrating and acknowledging family and heritage is an essential book to have on the shelves.
Recommended for 4+.