Literature

Literature

Sulwe

By Lupita Nyong'o
Illustrated by Vashti Harrison
Published by Puffin

Hardback

Price £12.99
9780241394328
Publisher Puffin

This beautiful picture book tackles the issue of colourism in the most sensitive and heart-warming way without shying away from the impact it has on an impressionable child’s sense of belonging and self-worth, in this case, Sulwe, a little girl who longs for skin as bright as her sister and mother. It is beautifully crafted and multi-layered, with a story within the story of sisters Day and Night, told by Sulwe’s mother to help her daughter embrace and express her own beauty. ‘Could it be that Night did not need to change, not even a little, not even at all?’