We had the great pleasure of reading "Sunne's Gift" by Ama KariKari Yawson. The story took us through the journey of Sunne, a magical being (Magbee) with beautiful hair. Sunne is bullied for the glorious hair gifted by Nyame at the beginning of time. The other Magbees wonder why Sunne had such different and beautiful hair. They begin to bully Sunne but realize that each of their gifts are connected and dependent upon each other. Eventually Sunne must work through the bullying from the other Magbees to fully appreciate Nyame's intentions. In the end, all the Magbees learn that: "You are all equal in power but distinct in your gifts. Never destroy your own gift because you covet someone else's".
I really appreciate how beautifully this book addressed the power that each of us was given at birth; that our gifts are all interconnected; and that each of us has a purpose in life. In a world where all of us are endowed with wonderful and special qualities, it's important for parents to use books such as Sunne's Gift to further reiterate the importance of self love and confidence with one's personal identity. You can purchase "Sunne's Gift" on Amazon.
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Read more about how we dealt with bullying and our hair:
The One-Sided Game
Black Girl Problems: Don't Touch My Hair
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