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Sulwe

Title: Sulwe 

Author: Lupita Nyong’o Illustrator: Vashti Harrison

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

Number of pages: 48

Type of Book: Fiction; African, Magical Realism, Folktale 

Age: 4 – 8

Buy it herehttps://rhbooks.com.ng/product/sulwe-by-lupita-nyongo-and-vashti-harrison/https://www.amazon.com/Sulwe-Lupita-Nyongo/dp/1534425365

Price: N4000; $11.78

MY SUMMARY

Little Sulwe’s skin is as dark as midnight. She is the darkest member of her family and the darkest child in school. This makes her very sad. Slew desperately wants to be bright and beautiful like her sister Mich, whose skin is the colour of high noon. She wants to be light-skinned so she’ll be loved and accepted and make new friends.

So, Sulwe tries to lighten her skin. She eats bright foods, tries to rub her skin off, and even applies her mum’s makeup but nothing works. Poor Sulwe stays sad until one night, she goes on a magical journey that shows her that she’s beautiful, just the way she is. 

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP:The art. I am a lover of Vashti Harrison’s art and as usual, she outdid herself. She brought Sulwe to life with vibrant illustrations. 

I love the story-within-a-story structure. The folktale within the story adds a magical element to the story and makes it even more entertaining.

I like that there are so many teaching opportunities in this story. My kids and I had a whole discussion about the way God answers prayers; because they wanted to know why God didn’t answer Sulwe’s prayer.  

I love the premise of the story. In Lupita’s words, “Sulwe holds up a mirror for dark-skinned children.” I love that Sulwe’s story deals with the universal human need to be loved and accepted while staying true to one’s self in a very child-friendly manner. 

It’s a heartwarming story, it builds confidence and it’s quite entertaining. I loved every bit of it, my boys loved it too. We’ve read it countless times and we highly recommend it. 

DOWN: None.

RATING

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TRIVIA

  1. Sulwe is Academy Award-Winning Actress, Lupita Nyongo’s, debut children’s book. 
  2. Like Sulwe, Lupita was teased and taunted in school because of her dark skin. 

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read an excerpt here: https://www.amazon.com/Sulwe-Lupita-Nyongo/dp/1534425365  (Click on the look inside feature on the amazon website)
  2. Download some fun exercises here: https://d28hgpri8am2if.cloudfront.net/tagged_assets/5367491/9781534425361_cg_sulwe%20curriculum%20guide.pdf

CHALLENGE: Sulwe

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

Read the excerpt and answer the questions below:

  1. List 4 things Sulwe did to become light-skinned (4 – 6 year olds)
  2. Write a 100-word essay. Topic: What does real beauty mean to you? (7 – 8 year olds)

OR

3. Sulwe wants to be light-skinned, so that she can make friends like her light-skinned sister. If Sulwe were your sister, what advice would you give her? (7 – 8 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 4 – 8 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Sunday, October 4th2020.

Next Book of the Week:

TOO SMALL TOLA by Atinuke

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Beem Explores Africa

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Title: Beem Explores Africa

Author: Simidele Dosekun

Publisher: Farafina

Number of pages: 40

Type of Book: Fiction; African

Age: 6 – 10

Available here: https://www.mobiashara.com/Farafina/beem-explores-africa; http://www.amazon.com/Beem-Explores-Africa-Simidele-Dosekun/dp/9780799931/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=; http://www.konga.com/beem-explores-africa-1507357

Price: N500; $5.26; N500

MY SUMMARY

Beem, a young Nigerian girl, explores Africa in this beautifully illustrated and vibrantly coloured book about the continent: its flora and fauna, peoples and landscape. Replete with all sorts of fun facts about Africa such as its longest mountain range (the Atlas Mountain range) that goes across three countries and its longest river (River Nile) that runs across eleven countries, its largest and driest deserts, flesh and plant-eating animals, different tribes, etc., it a must read for all the members of the family. If your child is a lover of history or geography or if he/she suffers loves travelling, this is a good book for him/her. Have him/her read the book to join Beem on a journey to discover the wonders of the great continent that is Africa!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This book could have been titled: Sights and Sounds of Africa for kids. It is a valuable reference tool for all kids. Readers learn a lot about the continent: its highest mountain, longest river, biggest desert, largest country and the history of some of these places.

I recommend this book for everyone, old and young alike. For the oldies (like me) it’ll serve as a ‘refresher course’ and for the youngies, a starting point. I recommend it specially for kids with a love for Africa and a thirst for Geography and History.

DOWN: None

RATING

4.5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. Ask your child to list four items that can be found in an explorer’s bag. a. a camera b. a compass c. a map                     `d. binoculars
  1. Ask your child to list three herbivores, two omnivores and three carnivores mentioned in the book. AHerbivores: antelopes, buffalos, cows. B. Carnivores: snakes, lions, cheetahs C. Omnivores: gorillas, monkeys,

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Team the reading experience with a fact-finding fete. Try to answer some of the questions Beem asks in the book.
  • How are Pyramids built?
  • Why do waterfalls make a lot of noise when the water splashes?
  • Do you have ruins in your country?
  • What is the bottom of a river called?

CHALLENGE: Beem Explores Africa

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a short 400-word essay on either of the following: The Great Sphinx or the Egyptian Pyramids (8-10 year olds)

OR

  1. Draw (and name) five items commonly found in rucksacks carried by Explorers (6-7 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 6 – 10 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Wednesday, February 3rd  2015.

Next Book of the Week:

YETUNDE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A YORUBA GIRL IN LONDON by Ms. Segilola Salami

 

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