Tan to Tamarind: Poems About the Color Brown by Malathi Iyengar. When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Tan, sienna, topaz, or tamarind? Poet Malathi Michelle Iyengar sees a whole spectrum of beautiful shades of brown. This warm and inviting poetry collection helps young readers discover that no matter what your skin tone, every shade is beautiful.The educator's guide provided by Lee & Low Books includes a book summary, background, discussion questions and vocabulary, writing prompts, and interdisciplinary activities.