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Sulwe

Written by Lupita Nyong'o

Illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) Poetry

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Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2021

The New York Times Number 1 Bestseller From Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colourism, self-esteem and learning that true beauty comes from within. 

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Sulwe Synopsis

Sulwe's skin is the colour of midnight. She's darker than everyone in her family, and everyone at school. All she wants is to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey through the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything. In this stunning debut picture book, Lupita Nyong'o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty.

Sulwe Press Reviews

Darkest in her family, Sulwe believes that her skin makes her unattractive and prays to be lighter, but when a shooting star tells her the story of sisters Night and Day, she finally understands that she doesn't need to change. Harrison's star-flecked glimmering illustrations evoke Night's mysterious beauty. - Guardian

A welcome celebration of Black girls, an important lesson for all kids (and grownups), and a necessary message for any child who has been made to feel unworthy of love on account of their looks - Booklist

By turns beguiling (as when Sulwe's mother counsels her tearful daughter) and magical (a shooting star darts into Sulwe's room to share the story of Night and Day), the volume also clearly conveys that colorism is real, and it hurts. Sulwe's story confronts it head-on, with words and images that celebrate the 'dark and beautiful, bright and strong.' - Publishers Weekly, starred review

A thoughtfully layered text and powerful illustrations address this sensitive topic in a uniquely nurturing way - Kirkus Starred Review

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ISBN: 9780241394328
Publication date: 15/10/2019
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241394328
Publication date: 15th October 2019
Author: Lupita Nyong'o
Illustrator: Vashti Harrison
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 48 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Personal Social Health Economic , Poetry, Racism / Multi-Culturalism

About Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o is a Kenyan actress and producer. Her first feature film role was in the film 12 Years a Slave, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as multiple accolades, including the Screen Actors Guild (R) Award, the Critics' Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award, and the NAACP Award. She has since starred in Mira Nair's Queen of Katwe, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ryan Coogler's record-breaking box office hit Black Panther, and most recently in Jordan's Peele's critically acclaimed horror film, Us. Nyong'o earned a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in Danai ...

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