Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school, and give her nicknames like "Darky" and "Night." Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a shooting star comes in her window and takes her on a magical journey in the night sky, introducing her to the story of Night and Day, two sisters who show that "we need you just the way you are." The experience opens her eyes and changes everything.
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 that inspires children to celebrate their uniqueness.
"The story draws its power from graceful prose by actress Nyong’o, making her authorial debut, and expertly executed animation-style art by Harrison (Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History). 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
|5 - 9
|Oct 15, 2019
|Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
|Coretta Scott King Award