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Book of the Week: Sulwe

By Pathways

Written by Lupita Nyong’o, illustrated by Vashti Harrison and published by Penguin Random House

Born with skin “the colour of midnight”, little Sulwe wishes that she was light as the “dawn”, like her mother. At school, she is often teased by other children who call her hurtful names like “Darky” and “Night”. Distressed, she tries everything to change the colour of her skin, but in vain.

But one evening, she embarks on a magical journey that makes her see things differently…

Sulwe tackles issues of self-esteem and colourism amongst people of colour with warmth and sensitivity. It’s sure to strike a chord among little ones who are already internalising society’s stringent beauty standards.

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