This week instead of offering you some of my latest weekly obsessions, I wanted to spotlight a new book that I have recently discovered, Sunne’s Gift by author Ama Karikari Yawson.
This past weekend when I spoke at the Locs Revolution organized #LocdandLoosed event, I was fortunate enough to run into the book’s authort. She was kind enough to give me a peek into her book and the powerful messages inside.
Sunne’s Gift is not only about the power of natural hair, but it’s really an allegory for self-acceptance. Inspired by her own son’s challenges with bullying, Yawson created the story of Sunne, a young girl who wears a big, beautiful fro. Because of that, she’s isolated from the other kids (who,in this case, happen to be her spiritual siblings).
Aside from the main message of the story itself, I was inspired by Yawson’s use of natural elements in the novel. To me, it shows the value in the earth and the universe’s elements while delivering this incredibly powerful message of living your truth and embracing who you are. On top of that, Yawson also created an entire section at the end of Sunne’s Gift that focuses on children’s comprehension and personal development. The discussion questions and personal reflections prompt, in my opinion, some really great dialogues among family members which makes Sunne’s Gift a standout book for children.
Yawson even indulged in an impromptu reading at the Loc’d and Loosed event and her energy was palpable. This is someone who is very passionate about her work and addressing the issues of bullying and culturally responsive education. She’s a force to be reckoned with.