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Sulwe / written by Lupita Nyong'o ; illustrated by Vashti Harrison.

Nyong'o, Lupita, (author.). Harrison, Vashti, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library E N (Text) 33500013176847 New Checked out 08/19/2020
Moorhead Public Library E N (Text) 33500013176854 New Checked out 08/19/2020
Godel Memorial-Warren Library e NYO (Text) 35500006250946 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781534425361
  • ISBN: 1534425365
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2019]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
When five-year-old Sulwe's classmates make fun of her dark skin, she tries lightening herself to no avail, but a shooting star's tale of the sisters Night and Day helps her understand there is beauty and worth in every shade.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 4-8

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 September #1
    Sulwe's "night-shaded skin" sets her apart from the people around her. Classmates call her names, she can't make friends, and no trick of makeup, dieting, or prayer succeeds in lightening her color. Then, one night, a shooting star carries her out from her bedroom into the origin story of Night and Day, two goddesses of starkly different shades. After the dark Night runs away to escape the world's cruelty, everyone realizes that they need her darkness just as much as they need the Day's light. This parable helps Sulwe understand that all skin tones have value, and she returns feeling beautiful. It's a lovely offering from Oscar-winner Nyong'o, whose own life inspired the story. Harrison's expressive illustrations—a duet of dark purples and light golds infused with heart and starlight—make it impossible to deny the beauty on display. 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. Grades K-2. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

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 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 Gurira&;s play Eclipsed. She lives in Brooklyn.

Vashti Harrison, author and illustrator of the bestselling Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, is an artist, author, and filmmaker with a passion for storytelling. She earned her MFA in film and video from California Institute of the Arts, where she snuck into animation and illustration classes to learn from Disney and DreamWorks legends. There she rekindled a love for drawing and painting. Now she uses her love for both film and illustration to craft beautiful stories for children.

Subject: Self-acceptance > Juvenile fiction.
Blacks > Juvenile fiction.
Human skin color > Psychological aspects > Fiction.
Stars > Juvenile fiction.
Sun > Mythology.
Moon > Mythology.
Kenya > Juvenile fiction.
Self-acceptance > Fiction.
Blacks > Kenya > Fiction.
Kenya > Fiction.
Stars > Fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance.
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American.
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Themes).
Genre: Picture books for children.
Juvenile works.
Picture books.
Picture books.

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