Picture Book - 2019
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When five-year-old Sulwe's classmates make fun of her dark skin, she tries lightening herself to no avail, but her encounter with a shooting star helps her understand there is beauty in every shade.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781534425361
Branch Call Number: XXF NYONG'O, LUPITA
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Harrison, Vashti - Illustrator


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Jan 01, 2020

I read this for my "An Author's Debut Book" part of my 2020 reading challenge. I loved it, the artwork was phenomenal and the story was beautiful and moving. It was a perfect way to show diversity and that we are all beautiful and bright.

VaughanPLDianeB Dec 23, 2019

A really touching story about learning to become comfortable with yourself, both inside and out! The illustrations are stunning, and there is just the right amount of text for a read aloud to young ones. I liked the tale of day and night, and the lesson of not fully appreciating one without the other. Check this one out!

OPL_MichelleC Dec 11, 2019

A whimsical and moving #ownvoices story about a little girl's journey to accepting her skin color and finding that there is beauty in every shade.

ACL_ElisaC Dec 09, 2019

Beautiful story, beautiful art, and beautiful sentiment.

Groszerita Dec 06, 2019

The illustrations and the story matched perfectly. It was almost as if they were the sisters in Sulwe's dream - one of day and one of night. I really enjoyed reading this story to my seven year old and she really liked it.

Dec 04, 2019

This absolutely beautiful picture book is such a lovely story about loving the skin that you're in.

It specifically addresses colorism and shows a lot of the ways people with darker complexions get marginalized even amongst people from the same ethnicity and background. There's a story within the story, a myth that shows why we should value light and dark, and there are several sections that really hit home for the little girl in me who once thought she'd be prettier and happier if she had a different skin color.

The whole book is gorgeously drawn, but the illustrations for the myth are particular standouts.

ArapahoeTina Nov 20, 2019

This gorgeous picture book is a magical exploration of loving the skin you're in. I hope actress Lupita Nyong'o writes more!

JCLBetM Oct 24, 2019

Beautifully illustrated, the story of Sulwe includes a lovely, soulful fable that helps the young girl understand the truth about beauty and begin to see the world and herself more clearly. The author is an amazing actress, so it's fun to see a different side to her creativity.

Oct 24, 2019

This is such a fabulous book for all children, which uses a fable about the day sky and the night sky to show how both light and dark are needed. It will help those of color feel good about themselves, no matter how others view the colors of their skin, while it will help those with lighter skin realize how wonderful it is to live in such a diverse world.


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ArapahoeTina Nov 21, 2019

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ArapahoeTina Feb 06, 2020

"Real beauty comes from your mind and your heart. It begins with how *you* see *yourself*, not how others see you."


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