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Dimensions (Overall): 11.69 Inches (H) x 9.38 Inch (W) x .44 Inch (D)
Weight: 1.2 Pounds
Suggested Age: 4-8 Years
Number of Pages: 48
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Family
Format: Library
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Author: Lupita Nyong'o
Book theme: General (see also headings under Social Themes), United States, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Language: English
Street Date: October 15, 2019
TCIN: 76440201
UPC: 9781534425361
Item Number (DPCI): 059-03-2262
Origin: Made in the USA


About the Book

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.

Book Synopsis

A New York Times bestseller!
Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!
Recipient of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award
Recipient of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children's Literary Work

From Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.

Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.

In this stunning debut picture book, actress Lupita Nyong'o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty.

Review Quotes

*"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 [of colorism] in a uniquely nurturing way."-- "Kirkus Reviews, starred review"

"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"

About The Author

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.

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4.7 out of 5 stars with 36 reviews
100% would recommend
12 recommendations

Be proud of the skin you're in

5 out of 5 stars
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Nicole - 9 months ago
I bought this book for my 6yo daughter (fair skin, blonde hair, blue eyes) and it has become one of her favorites. She pulls it out often and loves to read it to us. It is also beautifully illustrated. Teaches anyone to find the beauty within, but also hints, with a delicate touch fit for children, at how Black people have been made to feel bad about their skin particularly. It imparts feelings of compassion in kids who look like mine.
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My book

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Deneen - 10 months ago, Verified purchaser
My granddaughter really loves this book
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My Cautionary Tale

5 out of 5 stars
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Anna - 1 year ago
Beautiful Book! I think there should be an age suggestion though. My 3 year old loved the colors & the story of the sisters in the sky. My 4 year old who listens more didn't quite understand the moral of the story but internalized not wanting to be dark. It gave her color issues she didn't have before and she repeatedly said she wanted to be light and pretty like me. I had to do damage control for a couple of months, reminding her daily that she was beautiful & her peanut butter brown skin was amazing just like all shades. So I suggest 3 and under or 7 and above.
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Great book about diversity

5 out of 5 stars
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Katsant - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Great book! My goal is to get my kids books about diversity for Christmas so I had to get this one!
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5 out of 5 stars
MonsterMom - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
My daughter loved this book. The illustrations are gorgeous.
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5 out of 5 stars
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Ronnie - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Everything my child could totally relate and she really loved the part about the sun and darkness
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5 out of 5 stars
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Natalia F - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
The most gorgeous illustrations and words. I love it! Fits in perfectly with my inclusive library.
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5 out of 5 stars
tasha - 2 years ago
the book is gorgeous from the story to the illustration
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5 out of 5 stars
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Btram421 - 2 years ago
This is an absolutely beautiful book! I am so glad I bought it for my daughter!
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Beautiful book

4 out of 5 stars
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Mdot - 2 years ago
I read it to my 4 year old she loved it
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5 out of 5 stars
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MM360 - 2 years ago
The illustration caught my eye and I opened it to a page that made me tear up so I had to continue reading. I loved it so much, I bought it for my little girl. I was so excited to bring it home and read it to her for bed time. It’s been a long time since I’ve been excited about a children’s book.
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Diversity is beautiful

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Luluchichi - 2 years ago
Wonderfully written book about loving the skin you have and the importance of diversity. Being white and having a black daughter this helped her understand at a 5 year old level, how important it is to have various skin colors. The illustrations are beautiful. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It helps kids learn about diversity.
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5 out of 5 stars
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Hailey - 2 years ago
Such a great book! Every family needs this in their home. Honestly made me cry- which sounds silly! Sulwe’s journey to self-love is something so many children and families will enjoy reading!
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1 out of 5 stars
- 3 years ago
My daughter loves the author and she wanted to complete her daughters library. I loved it too, I will be giving it to my grand baby for her 1st bday.
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5 out of 5 stars
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Athena - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
Inspirational I recommend this great book to every kid
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