3 out of 4 stars
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The first thing that struck me about this book was the title and the unusual spelling. The way the letter u stood out in the word sun, I figured it meant the author was referring to you, the reader. Bryanna Wade-Gardener is the author of Dear Black sUn and it is a short story written for children.
The author includes a touching note at the beginning where she states that she wrote the story for her sons. The purpose being that they should be able to read her words even during times when they may not be able to see her.
This short story was very emotional for me to read because it addresses the social stigma that black people face in predominantly white environments, even from a very tender age. I love the fact that the author elucidated these social prejudices and racism in such simple terms that a child can understand.
I enjoyed reading this book. I could feel how much love she invested in it. It radiated in the words the author used and the emotions she portrayed. Although it is a short story written for children and has rhymes that they will love, it will also speak to teenagers and other young people who come across the book.
There was nothing in particular that I did not like about the book. It passed across a valuable message to precious children. However, I suggest that the author could have used a brighter colour scheme for some of the images because children love bright colours.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars because I noticed a couple of punctuation errors and a spelling error. I suggest these should be worked on to make the book better. I recommend it to children and black parents who want their children to understand what it means to be safe in a world full of racism. It is a good read for those who aim to teach their children the importance of self-love and confidence in their skin.
Dear Black sUn
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