Review: Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

A young girl of color wonders why her skin is so dark in comparison to her family and friends. She tries everything to make her skin lighter, but will a visit from a shooting star and a story from long ago show her how beauty can be found in the brightest day and the darkest night, and all shades in between?
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Goober (And Ms. Rachel’s Class) Says:
These pictures are so pretty. Sulwe is so beautiful, and it makes (us) sad that she doesn’t think so. I like the story about the day and the night. I’m glad Sulwe knows she doesn’t need to change or hide, because she’s perfect!
5 out of 5 stars (Goober no longer tastes books, but he can express his opinions now, so that’s fun! I read this story in my Pre-K class so some of the quotes are from them, too!)

Mama/Ms. Rachel Says:
What a beautiful book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the story is both heartbreaking and uplifting. This story confronts the concepts of colorism and racism head on, and shows the reader that brightness truly comes from within. It is my firmly held belief that children of all races and colors need to see representation of all races and colors, and this book tops my list for any family or school library. I can not recommend this book enough.
Mama’s Rating:
Absolutely 10 out of 10. This book is necessary.

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