Review: "Sulwe" by Lupita Nyongo. Ilustrated by Vashti Harrison
Updated: Aug 22, 2020
I am, and without shame, an avid collector of children’s books. Not quite at the hoarder level, but were you to accuse me of being biased with respect to unique and beautifully illustrated children’s books, you would be absolutely correct. That said, there are simply some books that are bookshelf must haves. “Sulwe” by Lupita Nyongo and illustrated by Vashti Harrison (of the famed “Little Leaders” series) falls effortlessly into that category.
Though both my daughters are supposedly "all grown up," I know they can still identify with the self and identity issues experienced by this lovely character. Nyongo through Sulwe attempts (and succeeds) to address what it is to have darker skin, to be made fun of, and to want, I daresay sadly, friends.
At a loss for words when the tears of your beautiful baby ultimately arrive, Nyongo provides every parent an opportunity to teach our children how to cope by cleverly re-telling a story rooted in African heritage and mysticism.