A background of bright green geranium leaves with red centers. My hand holds the bottom left corner of a bluish tree hardback book. The cover features a Black girl wearing a crown and green dress. She is holding apart a large, mad looking hippo and an angry crocodile wearing a crown. The title is written across the top “The Principle of Justice”. In the corners are silver filigrees.

Picture Book Review: The Principle of Justice by Jeffery Lee Cheatham II

The Principle of Justice written by Jeffery Lee Cheatham II, illustrated by Xander A. Nesbitt Book description: Journey with Melanin Origins as we share a short story about the principle of justice. A principle that states, “I will be fair in all that I do; I will not cheat myself or others.” King Hippo’s crown […]


A background of bright green geranium leaves with red centers. My hand holds the bottom left corner of a reddish brown hardback book. The cover features a Black man in a blue shirt with his arm around a Black boy also wearing a blue shirt. Behind them are three people in dresses or jeans and a shirt. The title is written across the top “The Principle of Propriety”. In the corners are silver filigrees.

Picture Book Review: The Principle of Propriety by Tamel Lee

The Principle of Propriety written by Tamel Lee, illustrated by Fleance Forkuo Book description: Journey with Melanin Origins as we share a short story about the principle of propriety. A notion that carries a similar meaning to “righteousness” and states, “I will always seek what is best for myself and others; I will not allow […]

A background of bright green geranium leaves with red centers. My hand holds the bottom left corner of a reddish brown hardback book. The cover features a Black man in a blue shirt with his arm around a Black boy also wearing a blue shirt. Behind them are three people in dresses or jeans and a shirt. The title is written across the top “The Principle of Propriety”. In the corners are silver filigrees.

Picture Book Review: The Principle of Truth by Randy Williams

The Principle of Truth written by Randy Williams, illustrated by Sandro Perovic Book description: Journey with Melanin Origins as we share a short story about the principle of truth. A principle that states, “I will always seek to discern what is real, know what is correct, and act accordingly.” Melanin Origins has been hard at […]

A watercolor leaf background with tan and pale greens. On it is a stack of three books, the top one is a brown square hardback. On the cover is a light skinned smiling boy in a blue top. The title arcs across the top “The Faithfulness of Daniel”. In the corners are gold filigrees.

Picture Book Review: The Faithfulness of Daniel by Jalissa B. Pollard

The Faithfulness of Daniel written by Jalissa B. Pollard, illustrated by Adua Hernandez Book description: Journey with Melanin Origins as we share a short story about Daniel and how his life lines up with the Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness. Faith and dedication to doing God’s will were key ingredients to the “excellent spirit” that […]

Picture book Review: Abraham’s Great Love by Louie T. McClain II

Abraham’s Great Love written by Louie T. McClain II, illustrated by Xander A. Nesbitt Book description: Journey with Melanin Origins as we share a short story about Abraham, the “Father of Many Nations”, and how his life lines up with the Fruit of the Spirit: Love. As a believer dedicated to doing God’s Will, Abraham […]

Picture Book Review: My Day with Qeengish by Nichole Vasquez-Sutter

My Day with Qeengish (Qéengish No’ó’nan) by Nichole Vasquez-Sutter, illustrated by Arthur Lin From Google Books: A story of a girl’s day spent at the whim of her friend, Qeengish, the squirrel. This book is written in both English and Luiseno. This is a perfect little Fall book for young readers. The story is sweet […]

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